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Is Depression Hereditary?

Is Depression Hereditary?

Science shows there’s a genetic component to depression that makes people more susceptible to the disorder. So is depression hereditary?

Just because you carry the genes doesn’t mean you’ll develop the disease. Your genetic makeup helps determine how likely you are to develop depression if other factors related to the

5. Treatments for Depression

Just over half of adult Americans suffering from depression receive what is considered to be “minimally adequate treatment” in any given 12-month period, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That means almost half of all depressed people in the U.S. are not receiving the care they need, even

Depression in Older Adults: Meeting the Challenge

Getting treatment for major depression is essential at any age, but it may be especially important for older individuals. Depressed older adults experience faster brain aging and cognitive decline and face a significantly greater risk of developing dementia than adults of a similar age who do not have depression, research

Do “Natural” Remedies Work for Depression?

An estimated one out of four Americans turns to alternative treatments for health problems, and many of them are looking for help with major depression. But an MGH expert urges caution when you consider using a natural remedy to chase your blues away.

“It’s important to remember that just because something

Turmeric: “Indian Gold” with Brain Benefits

An MGH Expert’s View
My personal memories of turmeric harken back to my maternal grandmother in South Africa, who always had a medicinal remedy using spices for any ailment I had as a child. My mom, a physician, brought balance to my growing love and knowledge about spices by bringing some

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