This Revolution in Our Understanding of Depression Will Be Life-Transforming

This Revolution in Our Understanding of Depression Will Be Life-Transforming

Depression runs in families, we know. But only very recently, and after considerable controversy and frustration, are we beginning to know how and why. Controversy has long swirled around the question of nature or nurture. Is the depressed son of a depressed mother the victim of her inadequate parenting and the emotionally chilly, unloving environment she provided during the early years of his life? Or is he depressed because he inherited her depressive genes that biologically determined his emotional fate, regardless of her parenting skills? Is it nature or nurture, genetics or environment, which explain why ...

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