It’s well known that certain illnesses can run in families – examples include cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and many others – but what about mood disorders? Research indicates that depression and other mood disorders appear to be caused by genetics and other influencers, but more research is needed. Luckily, help’s available.
What Is Depression?
“Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and home.”
Fortunately, most symptoms are treatable with ketamine.
What Are The Symptoms?
- Continuing sadness, anxiety, or low moods
- Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or low self-esteem
- You feel worthless or have extreme guilt
- Obsession with suicidal thoughts and ideation
- Lack of interest in doing things you once enjoyed
- Relationship troubles
- Sleep problems
- Fluctuations in hunger or weight
- Low energy
- Concentration problems
- You can’t make decisions
- Frequent headaches and other physical complaints that don’t improve with care
- High sensitivity to failure or rejection
- Irritability, aggression, or hostility
Does Depression Run In Families?
Depression has a history in some families, indicating that genetics influence the risk of developing depressive symptoms. But it’s also worth noting that research into the genetics of depression is in its infancy, and little is known with certainty about the genetic foundation of the disease. Nevertheless, studies propose that differences in many genes, each causing a small effect, congeal together and boost the risk of getting depression.
But knowing the risk factors of depression is challenging on many fronts. Likely, what’s regarded to be a single illness called “depression” is many disorders featuring similar indications and symptoms; each of these could be anchored by various genetic risk factors. The genetic differences linked to depression could also be slightly different between the genders. Researchers believe that studies with a greater pool of candidates are needed to zero in on the genetic differences that impact the illness’s risk.
The question remains: does depression run in families? The answer is murky at best, as there’s no clear, definitive inheritance pattern in families. However, if you have a biological relative (such as a parent or sibling) with depression, you could be up to three times more likely to get the condition than someone else. It’s also worth noting that many people who get depression don’t have a record of it in their family tree, and many of those who do never get the disorder.
What Else Causes Depression?
To re-cap: depression doesn’t have a specific cause. It could be triggered by a physical illness, life crisis, or something else — and can even happen spontaneously. But there could be several contributing factors:
- When people are traumatized early in life, it can result in long-term changes in the way their brains respond to stress and fear. This can lead to depression.
- Certain life changes – marriage, bad relationships, economic struggles, and living situations can contribute to depression.
- When you’re depressed, the brain’s frontal lobe becomes less active. Depression is also linked to shifts in how your pituitary gland and hypothalamus react to hormone stimulation.
- There could be medical situations — sleep disturbances, medical illness, chronic pain, anxiety, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder can all trigger the disorder.
- If you misuse drugs and alcohol, you have a higher chance of experiencing a major depressive incident. In addition, when multiple disorders afflict you, they often need to be treated together.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Depression and other mood disorders are “the real thing” and should never be ignored. If you have symptoms, a medical doctor, psychiatrist, or other mental health professionals, are best qualified to diagnose what’s wrong. Diagnosis normally includes a physical examination to look for depression causes. If none are present, a psychiatric assessment (to talk about thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and any personal or family history of mental illness). In some cases, your symptoms will be compared to various criteria before arriving at a formal diagnosis.
Treatment may include psychotherapy, self-help, antidepressants, or options like ketamine infusion therapy.
If you experience symptoms of depression, don’t wait for it to take control of your life. Instead, seek professional care and look for ways to break their grip. Depression can and should be treated. Ask your doctor or healthcare provider for more information and whether ketamine is right for you.