The Number One Cause Of Depression — Everywhere

Mood disorders are among the most common mental health problems experienced by children and adolescents. They include all types of depression as well as Bipolar Disorders (formerly called Manic-Depression) and are sometimes referred to as “affective disorders.” Children with mood disorders often are either depressed, manic (unrealistically “up” or hyper), or alternating between the two.

According to a group of researchers from around the world (including those from London and various regions in Spain), people who have suffered from abuse during their childhood are more likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression — and even more so if they are genetically predisposed to the condition.

Over a three-year period, scientists analyzed patients from 41 different health clinics in seven Spanish provinces who ranged in age from 18 to 75. And here’s what they discovered through genetic testing: The participants who were shown to have limited gene function implied in both BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein-coding gene) and serotonin transmission were extra-sensitive to the damaging effects of child abuse — whether the abuse was psychological, physical or sexual. In other words, this particular lack of gene activity mixed with an abusive history can result in an increased risk for suffering from depression.

Blanca Gutiérrez, a professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Granada and the lead coordinator of this study, says that these findings — which were recently published in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience — are significant in terms of treatment.


2 thoughts on “The Number One Cause Of Depression — Everywhere

  1. This is very interesting. It does not surprise me about the childhood abuse predisposing people for depression. But the information about the genetics was new to me.

    I could see how some people would become more damaged from emotional abuse than others. I think free thinkers and free spirits are more injured by being forced to close up their emotions.

    Some people have more need to be free and independent. They would be more damaged by being punished for expressing their feelings and thoughts.

    Other people can go along and comply with tbe authorities…..the narcissistic parent….and not feel as crushed of tbe soul by being forced to comply.

    I felt very crushed as a child. My feelings were not allowed to be expressed at all. I was always over ruled or told to shut up.

    Thoughts and ideas were disrespected. I have tried to do the opposite with my daughters. I encourage thinking creatively and talking about ideas. Emotions are allowed to be expressed in appropriate ways at appropriate times….without stepping on the boundaries of each other.

    My oldest daughter has begun to lose what I taught her a little and is picking up the boundary crossing tactics of the grandparents.

    I know what I taught her is still in her brain. It may be affected but it is still there. Hopefully she will remember it when it is important.

    We are all on our own path.
    Much love,

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