If someone has a family history of depression, are they more at risk to have depression as well? There is no simple answer to that question. However, there are many studies to suggest that family history plays a role in whether or not a person is predisposed to develop depression. Even so, there are also non-genetic factors that come into play including environment and living situations.
When you come right down to it, the best action that can be taken is education.
1. Educate Yourself On Your Family History – It won’t change whether or not you have depression but it can help you be aware and on the lookout for warning signs.
2. Educate Yourself On The Warning Signs – Oftentimes depression goes un-diagnosed and un-treated for years simply because people don’t know why they are feeling so badly. Knowing the warning signs and understanding your triggers is the first step.
3. Educate Yourself On the Help Available – Besides seeing a licensed depression counselor, there are other support options available. Do your homework and see what is available to you in your area.
Insight Child & Family Counseling has the experience to help you cope with your depression. For more information about our practice and how we can help, visit us online at www.ldscounselordfw.com. When you are ready to talk, give us a call to setup your first appointment. 972-426-9500.