Being Abused as a Child May Put You At a Greater Risk for Depression
Depression is a difficult disease to deal with and also to understand. And when I say understand, I mean not only is it hard for the person with depression to understand, but it is also difficult for the people living with people suffering from depression to understand. There have been various studies done to try and figure out where depression comes from and why it only happens to certain people. The average person does suffer from depression at least once in their lives, but what about the people that cannot overcome this horrible disease?
For some people their depressed state of mind is constant, but for others it comes and goes. Literally, it comes and goes. I could be sitting in a room full of people, laughing, having a great time, and all of the sudden these dark thoughts pop into my head. These dark thoughts can range from not feeling important enough to nobody really cares about me, why am I here? Sometimes these thoughts go away quickly, but sometimes they linger for weeks. Nothing triggered these emotions either, they literally just pop up whenever they want. There is no control over them. Yes, you can take medicine for this, but the first question is why does this happen?
In a recent study, researchers have linked depression with being abused as a child. The abuse can be anything from physical, sexual, mental, or even verbal. If you think about it, it makes complete sense. What do people who are abused usually do with their abusive past? Well some go to therapy, but a majority bury these abusive experiences and emotions deep inside and do not tell anyone about for the fear of being judged. This is also one of the reasons some people with depression refuse to admit they are depressed. They do not want people judging them or looking at them differently for admitting they are depressed.
Hiding or burying these abusive events means they will always be there in your mind, waiting to pop up remind you of something ugly you are trying to forget. Why can you not simply forget these events or emotions? Traumatic events never truly leave you, even if you go to therapy. You simply learn to deal with it, by accepting that it happen and move forward, but you never forget. These events and emotions are a part of you, most people cannot block them out. A depressed state of mind is being linked to depressing past abusive events and emotions.
The study also showed that participants who have limited gene function in both BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein-coding gene) and serotonin transmission were extremely sensitive to the effects of child abuse. Meaning that a lack of gene activity mixed with an abusive childhood can result in an increased risk for being depressed later in life. The research continues and hopefully we will be able to get a better grasp on this situation.