Is there a gene for liberalism? Its a mental disease afflicting millions.
So there's a democrat gene?
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Bleh. More gene worship to make convenient excuses.
This just shows that many factors can cause depression. Furthermore, psychiatry is moving toward using genetics as a part of the diagnosis and treatment.
I could have told them there was a family disposition towards it. You just need to trace my family history ( depression, bipolar syndrome, ADD() and my husband's family history (add and chronic not as deep depression)
This is no more to be poo-pooed than to say it's true that certain families have a predisposition to alcoholism, which some do (add that to my family, too!) And I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out that low alcohol tolerance and serotonin mechanisms are linked, at least some of the time.
Now, this doesn't excuse behaviors, mind you. A person who has a predisposition or family history of addiction better be careful around things like alcohol.
But these things are real, every bit as real as other family genetic tendencies, such as type II diabetes which absolutely runs in families, some of the degenerative diseases, or even hemophilia.
Don't know why people think that just because it affects your mental state it might not be a physical illness.
A friend of mine recently developed a vitamin b-12 malabsorption problem, what in the old days they used to call pernicious anemia. First symptom? Everybody thought she was developing dementia, alsheimer's or something. Now she gets b-12 shots and she's almost back to normal.
After you've ruled out the physical, treated the underlying symptoms, then you can find out who's using what to be whiney just because. And there are people who do that. But if you haven't had clinical quality symptoms - don't think that these might not have physical causes. And they do run in families, sometimes.
The body and brain are composed of a billion moving parts, all working together in concert.
It always amazes me when others refuse to believe that some people are burdened with machines that have been tooled with less than optimal fault tolerances for every single part.
The tiniest invisible thing can alter body comp, psychological disposition, the ability to ward off disease, and more. We have barely scratched the surface in terms of understanding and when we do, it will still take skill beyond the average person to apply the knowledge.
For some to recognize a physical problem and not one of character may be afflicting an individual, the physical problem must be something they understand. Something as complex as this is too difficult for them, so they comfort themselves with simple platitudes.
They will continue to yell "buck up" unless they are confronting somebody who has lost their arms and legs. The guy missing an enzyme, or sporting a gene defect, is normal and should act like it as far as they can tell.