Is My Depression Hereditary?
How often do you hear the following idea:
“Anxiety (depression) runs in my family, it’s in my genes”?
I am sure you wouldn’t be surprised to know that as a psychotherapist I hear it A LOT. However, through personal experience, the experiences of my clients and research, I know that our thoughts directly influence our emotional state. As I googled the connection between our thinking and physiology, I came across an article by Debbie Hampton. Here’s what she has to say:
You have much more power than you ever believed to influence your physical and mental realities. Your mindset is recognized by your body — right down to the genetic level, and the more you improve your mental habits, the more beneficial response you’ll get from your body. You can’t control what has happened in the past, which shaped the brain you have today, programmed your cells, and caused certain genes to switch on. However, you do have the power in this moment and going forward to choose your perspective and behavior, which will change your brain, cells, and genes.
So what does it have to do with therapy? In sessions with me you will learn to recognize your habitual thinking patterns and discover the power within to change your emotional states. In order to facilitate the change you will learn various meditative and relaxation skills to assist in creating the change.
All Power Comes from Within!
Marina Raye, LICSW