Living with Depressed Parents

Knowing that one family member has depression never feels easy. However, when clinical depression affects your parents, circumstances require the role of family members to turn one hundred and eighty degrees. Depression can cause problems for your parents, including being afflicted with prolonged sadness and feeling tired at all times. You have no choice but to grow up quickly, to be the person who now holds household responsibilities. This can not only cause relationship problems at home but also in your school/work environment. To handle depression, you can visit ayahuasca in peru to get help.

Children from depressed parents have a high risk of mental and physical illness as adults. Many medical journals out there have written about the negative effects of depression on depressed parents on their children. One of them, a 20-year study funded by the National Health Institute of Mental Health shows that children from depressed parents have a threefold higher chance of developing major depressive disorders or anxiety disorders – especially phobias – two a greater risk of alcohol dependence, and a sixfold greater chance of developing a dependence on drugs.

In addition to mental disorders, children from depressed parents report developing more health problems, especially heart problems with a fivefold increase, and the average age of onset (beginning of symptoms) in the early to mid-30s. When parents are under intense emotional stress, or other forms of stress (depression), it can change the genetic activity of their children at least during adolescence and may continue until they grow older. And because some genes are transformed to shape brain development, the effects of parental depression may be permanently implanted in their children’s brains.

Abuse of children and even depressed mothers, studies show, can turn off stress hormone receptor building genes in a child’s brain. When this gene is silenced, the child’s stress response system functions in critical conditions, making it very difficult to overcome life’s difficulties, making the person more vulnerable to suicide attempts. In infants with parents with depression or anxiety disorders, they experience a similar silencing of the stress hormone receptor gene, making it hypersensitive and unable to cope with stress in the future.

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