Genetics and depression


It has been known that genetics play a part in mental health and mental illness. Research keeps growing with topics like genetics and depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addictive disorders.  One peace of evidence is found in a study performed by the University of California. This is the first study to use MRI to see both parent’s brain activity and those of their children.


“A study of 35 families led by a UC San Francisco psychiatric researcher showed for the first time that the structure of the brain circuitry known as the corticolimbic system is more likely to be passed down from mothers to daughters than from mothers to sons or from fathers to children of either gender. The corticolimbic system governs emotional regulation and processing and plays a role in mood disorders, including depression.”


However, it is important to point out, as the article describes, that mothers are not responsible for their daughter’s depression. It is more complex than that. Having an open mind in the different factors that play a part in the development of depression symptoms. For example genes that are not inherited from the mother or father, the environment the child develops in and the gathering of life experiences. Mother-daughter transmission is just one piece of it.”


Read full study: University of California – San Francisco.

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