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Published: Monday, July 21 2014 4:30 a.m. MDT

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Doctor D
SLC, UT

This article fails to take into account the environmental factors. Even at a surface level the literature shows that the power of genetics is questionable at best (given that studies of identical twins raised in differing environments is very difficult to come by). It saddens me that we give so much power to forces out of our control (genetics) when it comes to mental illness. While there may be some genetic tendency towards certain patterns of behavior, emotion or thought it is in no way guaranteed. In my work as a psychologist, I work with individuals that can trace their sadness/depression and worries/anxiety to a variety of environmental stress, cues, triggers and influences that they can work to monitor, learn to cope with and move forward from. I feel like we seem to be leaning towards the learned helpless model when it come to mental illness- "I have it. so I can;t do anything about it..." I believe with a more "empowered" model of thinking about mental illness we will begin to address the problems earlier, identify resources for help and be able to develop the abilities, resources and support needed to move forward in life.

Red
San Antonia, TX

It's better to prevent than to cure.

Everyone go ride your bikes! That is the answer.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Dr. D has it right.

But "learned helplessness" seems to be the national fantasy right now. It's much easier to blame things on others or things we "can't control" than it is to deal with them.

I struggled (still do sometimes) with depression. But because I am a pilot and antidepressants would ground me, I had to find other ways.

I can't really explain how I did it, but I managed to find ways to cope. (Even going to a psychologist was something I didn't want the FAA to hear about.) With help from a good psychologist, I'm sure it would have been easier.

It's difficult at best -- but not impossible and not beyond controlling without drugs.

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

I do not think we need to dig to deep to identify the causes of increase. The probability of parents getting a divorce has increased. More mothers with small children are working outside of the home. Children spend more time participating in various forms of mind-numbing entertainment and less time participating in physical activity. The school occupies the time without providing an adequate amount of meaningful challenges that help the individual develop skills applicable in the real world. The youth are taught in direct and subtle ways that there is no God, and thus there is really no high purpose in life. We are feeling our kids a depression cocktail, and then wonder why depression rates are increasing.

Understands Math
Lacey, WA

Have rates of depression actually increased, or are we just better at diagnosing depression today than we were 50-60 years ago?

Pac_Man
Pittsburgh, PA

There is probably a strong correlation with the rise in social media which feeds unreasonable expectations about oneself. "Red" from San Antonio is probably right. Go outside and ride a bike.

conservative scientist
Lindon, UT

People should educate themselves on this topic by reading the thoughts of National best-selling author Meg Meeker, MD. on teenage depression in girls. Her conclusions would not be considered politically correct or be favorable to the marketing/media industry, but they make inherent sense - and she gives great advice on what we can actually do to combat the problem.

tigger
AMERICAN FORK, UT

It is difficult. Help and answers are hard to find. Judgment seems easy to come by.

intervention
slc, UT

@conservative s
What about dr meeker do you exactly find so amazing, from what I have read of her work it is at best derivative and frankly that's being generous.

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