Some people regard depression as a feeling that can be solved by positive thinking. As a new large-scale study proves, it fits our genetics. ( Gerd Altmann | Pixabay )
According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression, but it remains a mystery why. Worse, some people even think that it's just fictional or that it's just sadness.
Part of this mystery is that human-to-human depression varies, as well as the response to it, but knowing the genetic predisposition of human mental illnesses can allow us to better understand them and in turn to provide better methods to combat them develop.
Depression, a discussion in genetics
A new study published in Nature Genetics has identified 44 genetics variants that may increase the risk of major depression. Of these, 30 were never previously associated with the state. The researchers analyzed the genes of nearly 500,000 people and claim that everyone carries at least some of these variants. Their study is by far the largest academic firm exploring how genetics plays a role in mental health, and employs 200 researchers in various parts of the world working with the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium.
"This study is a game," said Patrick F. Sullivan, co-head of the study and director of the Center for Psychiatric Genomics of the North Carolina School of Medicine. "A large number of researchers around the world have worked together to do this work, and we now have a deeper insight into the basis of this dreadful and debilitating human disease."
While scientists were able to confirm 44 gene variants, "they claim that thousands more are involved in depression, each having a very modest impact on a person's risk of developing them," said senior author and London professor Cathryn Lewis Am King's College.
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Many factors in life can contribute to the risk of depression, but the identification of genetic factors could open new doors for further research in biology The study provides "important biological evidence that we hope will lead to new and better treatments," said Josh Gordon, director of the US Department of Mental Health not involved in research.
Depression is one of the world's biggest public health problems, yet it still faces significant stigmatization, especially in countries where professional psychological help is not readily available regarded as something that can simply be wiped away or buried, but this study brings u ns one step closer to understanding the biological basis of the disease. It could be a driving force in the complete removal of the stigma and allow scientists to focus on developing better treatments by considering DNA.
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