Why Some People Don’t Get Depressed

Confronted with some of life’s upsetting experiences – marriage breakdown, unemployment, bereavement, failure of any kind – many people become depressed. But others don’t. Why is this?

A person who goes through experiences like that and does not get depressed has a measure of what in the psychiatric trade is known as “resilience”. According to Manchester University psychologist Dr Rebecca Elliott, we are all situated somewhere on a slidling scale.


“At one end you have people who are very vulnerable. In the face of quite low stress, or none at all, they’ll develop a mental health problem,” she says. “At the other end, you have people who life has dealt a quite appalling hand with all sorts of stressful experiences, and yet they remain positive and optimistic.” Most of us, she thinks, are somewhere in the middle.

But what is this resilience? Is it something we inherit or do we learn it? Can it be traced in the chemistry of the brain? Or in its wiring, or its electrical activity? And if we lack it, can we acquire it? The answer, regrettably, to all those questions is much the same. We don’t really know. But we’d like to, and we need to.

What we refer to as resilience is the outcome of a complex and continuing set of interactions between our genes, our body chemistry, the wiring of our brains, and our life experiences. But whatever the means, finding some way to boost resilience is an ambition well worth pursuing.

 

Source: BBC News

Image: The Guardian

Comments

  1. William Patterson says:

    I went over this web site and I believe you have a lot of superb information, saved to bookmarks

  2. Sandra Morris says:

    I like your information. i am always looking for this type of interesting and good information.

  3. Jerry Sanchez says:

    Hey there, You’ve done a great job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m confident they will be benefited from this website

  4. Joseph Barnes says:

    Thanks for the info, appreciated it. it was so well formatted.

  5. Kenneth Rivera says:
  6. Charles Wood says:

    I like your information. i am always looking for this type of interesting and good information.

  7. Stephen Wilson says:

    Thanks for the info, appreciated it. it was so well formatted.

  8. Joe Anderson says:

    I like your information. i am always looking for this type of interesting and good information.

  9. Jessica Diaz says:

    I like this post, enjoyed this one thanks for posting.

  10. Jose Coleman says:

    I like this post, enjoyed this one thanks for posting.

  11. Cynthia Jones says:

    Thanks for the info, appreciated it. it was so well formatted.

  12. Christopher Bailey says:

    Hey there, You’ve done a great job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m confident they will be benefited from this website

  13. Sharon Gray says:

    I like your information. i am always looking for this type of interesting and good information.

  14. Anna Cook says:

    I went over this web site and I believe you have a lot of superb information, saved to bookmarks

  15. Frank Butler says:

    I like what you guys are up also. Such clever work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys.

  16. Angela Turner says:

    I like what you guys are up also. Such clever work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys.

  17. Ann Rivera says:

    I went over this web site and I believe you have a lot of superb information, saved to bookmarks

  18. Marie Taylor says:

    I like your information. i am always looking for this type of interesting and good information.

  19. Donna Brooks says:

    I like what you guys are up also. Such clever work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys.

  20. Raymond Martin says:

    I like what you guys are up also. Such clever work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys.

  21. Linda Peterson says:

    I like what you guys are up also. Such clever work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys.

  22. Brenda Simmons says:

    Hey there, You’ve done a great job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I’m confident they will be benefited from this website

  23. Ryan Gonzales says:

    Thanks for the info, appreciated it. it was so well formatted.

  24. Sharon Lee says:

    I like your information. i am always looking for this type of interesting and good information.