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Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2005 - 2:48 a.m.

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Maine-ly Studies in Depression


They're talking about some multigenerational study on depression... they are now up to the grandchildren of people treated for depression... there is a really strong familial depression link... surprise surprise offspring of people who are depressed, esp the mother depressed, tend to have a higher incidence of anxiety, depression, substance abuse. And then in their 30's... heart conditions.

Depression and anxiety tends to show up in adolescence, and in girls esp around the age of 14-15. Hah. That's when I first got depression and missed school. My brother was depressed and his nickname as a young adult was the hashbeast. hah.

Apparently children of depressed parents tend to avoid depression if their lives are calm and quiet, they don't have a lot of disruptive and difficult life problems. If they have close strong friend and family connections, and they get depression if these connections are strained or broken. Apparently the largest factor in offspring of depressed individuals developing depression themselves is problems in relationships. hah.


Well, guess who has avoided stress as in leaving jobs when they become too overwhelming or anxiety producing, who gets depressed if work relationships and love relationships and family relationships are problematic.

Who is doing fine now that they are not in a relationship. Are not seeing their parents regularly, and cutting off contact when it goes bad. Who is doing much better since life is relatively stable. And since starting to avoid people who are not supportive.

me yup me.

And I admit that staying out of depression and remaining medfree and in need of no treatment other than occasional psychotherapy is a point of pride with me, what with my family history.

Well, that was one interesting study.
Basically it seems that most of what I do to get out of situations I am going downhill is exactly what they say is the way to get out of depression for those at risk.


Am I afraid of adopting a kid who has relationship problems, and who disrupts my life and I have no way out? yup. yup yup.


Hmmm, I tried to find a study corresponding to the one mentioned on the radio but can't. So here are a few little other bits:

Women are especially at increased risk for depression from stress factors, particularly interpersonal stress, such as poor relationships marked by as conflicts.

"Most depression, particularly for women, is triggered by negative social connections, such as relationship problems, arguments, break-ups, and not having close friends," Hammen said.

Interpersonal stress plays a large role in women's depression, Hammen has found.

From this page, Medical Research News May 29, 2005

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