Depression and Genetics

I read an article in the news which discussed if depression could
be inherited. I am a bit worried about this kind of artdna-1811955_1280icle because it could mislead people.  For instance, some people may think that if their father or mother suffered from depression that means that they are going to automatically develop that condition.  This is of course not accurate. In contrast, most research coincides with the idea that the development of depression is the result of an interaction between genetics and environment. Thus, whereas people may inherit a certain vulnerability to acquire depression, it still requires a number of adverse experiences for the condition to develop. What worries me is that if people think that depression is merely a question of genetics, they may feel that there is nothing they can do to help themselves. In reality the opposite is true as depression can be treated and managed.

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