Depression is an illness that pays no head to age, sex, race, or socioeconomic status. Anyone, anywhere can develop this devastating and lethal disease. Young, old, male female, rich or poor—no one is immune.
Depression is a chemical imbalance of the brain in which the “feel good” substance, known as dopamine, is no longer produced in adequate amounts. Left untreated, depression can prove fatal. The good news is depression can be treated. Education is the first step in the battle against this disease…
1. Depression Can Be Hereditary
Research has shown that depression does run in families. If your primary relative, such as a parent or sibling suffered from major depression, then you are 1.5 to 3 times more likely to develop this illness than someone who does not have a family history.
If a primary relative committed suicide your risk of following suit would also triple. Having a relative with this condition does not guarantee you will also develop depression. It simply means you have a genetic vulnerability to develop the disease, which other members of the population do not.