Some Adults Abused As Children Carry ...

Some Adults Abused As Children Carry Gene Which Protects Them From Depression

There are 4 comments on the MediLexicon story from Feb 5, 2008, titled Some Adults Abused As Children Carry Gene Which Protects Them From Depression. In it, MediLexicon reports that:

“We know that childhood abuse and early life stress are among the strongest contributors to adult depression, and this study again brings to light the importance of preventing them”

Genetics Some forms of a gene that controls the body's response to stress hormones appear to protect adults who were abused in childhood from depression, psychiatrists have found. via MediLexicon

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Rosalie Bossart

Macomb, MI

#1 Feb 6, 2008
I believe this is true and possibly because the environment in which they move into activates some positive aspects to come to the surface--more weight on the other side more or less. Unfortunately, sometimes one symptom can convert into other behaviors which are not so obvious. But if survival is our main drive than the variables for coping can be many. Some are intuitive others are programmed into us by care-takers, or the media. That is why educationing oneself is so important, (self-realizaton), not taking one's behavior as set in stone-- unless of course one has become automatic in ones actions, (takes less energy) than becoming more mindfull about one's actions and reactions.

Fort White, FL

#2 Feb 6, 2008
Sounds like a theory similar to Chemical imbalance in which the American Psychiatric Association admitted after 25 years and psycho-drugging million of people didn't exist. There is no scientific or evident based medicine to that theory and it is at best another guess.

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#3 Feb 7, 2008
Considering that severe depression is often treated with a regime of behavioral modification, exercise and drugs anyway I think that this is promising research.

Yes, everyone wants a quick fix - take a pill - but people suicide every day because of depression. My friend is a mental health nurse and she's seen too many good and talented people whose lives were in shambles because of this disease.

If there is something that is genetically able to help certain people stave off depression and that action can be replicated with a drug, then I say, hallelujah.


#5 Jan 30, 2014
I've been on Effexor from only one week but am cautiously very optimistic. Prior to this I was on citalopram but still feeling very low and sleeping poorly, feeling like I needed to be in bed 12-16 hours a day. Now I am waking naturally after only 8 hours sleep and finding it much easier to concentrate at work. I can hardly believe it is working so quickly but I feel so much better. I've had no side effects.

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