Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Can One Inherit Depression?

There is great concern among parents on whether depression can be inherited. Recent medical studies have been conducted to find the possible relationship between depression and genetics. Initial conclusions are cautious, but many psychologists say that depression can be inherited – but only to a certain extent.

There is a new school of thought regarding depression. Mental health practitioners have now adopted a biopsychosocial view of this. Like any other physical illness, depression can be passed down to a child. This child is predisposed to the disease. However, there are other two factors to consider. Merely having the predisposition for the condition does not necessarily mean that the person will develop it. Family and social environment also play an important role in depression manifestation.



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Depression is a mental illness. It can hit anyone, regardless of sexuality, religion, age, or circumstance. However, a common characteristic among those who suffer from depression is their poor coping mechanism. Diet and exercise also come into play. Nevertheless, coping strategies are an essential factor. It is related to the way people perceive experiences and how they can handle them. These strategies are often the result of early childhood interactions with parents and guardians. It is, therefore, important that parents not only teach their children good coping strategies but actively act them out them as well. Children typically learn through parroting behavior.



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If a good family and social life are not possible, this can be honed through other means. Good friends, a trusting guidance counselor, or a visit to one’s child psychologist can be enough to help a child decrease the risk of developing the disease.

Jonathan Lauter, M.D., is a professional child and adolescent psychologist who specializes on depression and anxiety. Read similar articles on this blog.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Psychology Explains The Power Of First Love

Everyone remembers their first love. It is one of the more exciting and inspiring experiences most adolescents go through. Many child and adolescent psychiatrists have studied the lasting effects of first love. Two of these are explained below:

Love is a drug: Medical data shows that the areas of the brain that are stimulated during a love affair are the same areas among drug addicts. The most recent study had people look at their partner while attached to a machine that measured their brain activity. People were shown pictures of their partner recorded increased activity in the brain area responsible for happiness and addiction. This is why it becomes hard for first-time couples to stay away from each other. It is quite simply, a bodily reaction to intense pleasure.

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Love inspires: That said, love also affects areas of the brain associated with creativity. This can explain why many people in love often report feeling inspired. Work becomes easier, and more creative activities are done. This is particularly seen among couples with their first loves. The body is experiencing all these changes for the first time. It is usual for the brain to overcompensate and produce more hormones related to happiness and creativity. This is another reason first loves are described as incredibly intense.

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Falling in love is indeed a milestone in any person’s life. Anyone who has experienced it say that there is nothing comparable to finding someone who shares mutual feelings. Nevertheless, the power of the first love creates the basis for all other love affairs.

Dr. Jonathan Lauter is child and adolescent psychiatrist. For similar discussions, visit this Facebook page.