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ljm2002 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 11:53 AM
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13. re: being more sensitive
I also agree with what you are saying. In our modern world when we think of "more sensitive" we think of artistic, moody, things like that. But as a survival trait, perhaps it is connected with the ability to sense and to notice things that others do not. Pure speculation of course, but still, if 43% of the population carry it, then it almost certainly has some associated benefit.

Not sure that this finding itself will help people to take precautions. Seems to me it is more likely to be used as a hard sell by Big Pharma for their depression meds. While I am not against using such meds, I feel they are being pushed, and that people use them long term when they may not need to.

And I do think our social structures, and what we idolize as a culture (athletes, the military, type A executives), has a causative effect on depression for those of us with a different personality makeup from "the norm".

Oh well. As one of my favorite bumper stickers says, Why Be Normal?
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  -Depression gene found norml  Feb-25-06 10:53 AM   #0 
  - 43% of the population thats alot of people  lovuian   Feb-25-06 10:59 AM   #1 
  - "Around 43per cent of the population..."  ljm2002   Feb-25-06 11:01 AM   #2 
  - Excellent point!  smirkymonkey   Feb-25-06 11:10 AM   #5 
  - And a lot who have never been depressed are not real good  havocmom   Feb-25-06 08:31 PM   #33 
  - Yep that is the scary aspect.  slaveplanet   Feb-26-06 02:44 PM   #48 
  - If you've NEVER been depressed-you're hardly breathing  katty   Feb-27-06 02:29 PM   #58 
  - Wonder if they will do  undergroundpanther   Feb-26-06 12:43 PM   #45 
  - This is NOT a dysfunctional gene  Boomer   Feb-25-06 11:13 AM   #7 
  - I read somewhere  mycritters2   Feb-25-06 03:32 PM   #20 
  - Sure, the pharmas will jump all over this one, but  mexicoxpat   Feb-25-06 11:21 AM   #9 
  - re: deterrents to depression  ljm2002   Feb-25-06 11:43 AM   #12 
  - I think we are slightly more prone to it  Lorien   Feb-25-06 05:10 PM   #28 
     - hear, hear!  kineneb   Feb-25-06 08:45 PM   #35 
  - I basically agree with your interpretation.....  DemExpat   Feb-25-06 11:26 AM   #11 
  - re: being more sensitive  ljm2002   Feb-25-06 11:53 AM   #13 
     - There have been studies that show that depressed people are more honest  spooky3   Feb-25-06 03:10 PM   #16 
     - HSP, all the way! n/t  kalibex   Feb-25-06 10:13 PM   #36 
  - Very Insightful and I Agree  stepnw1f   Feb-25-06 12:03 PM   #15 
  - Kick!  smirkymonkey   Feb-25-06 11:03 AM   #3 
  - They're going to find a depression gene at my house  louis-t   Feb-25-06 11:10 AM   #4 
  - So, then it could also be called the "happy gene"  mexicoxpat   Feb-25-06 11:13 AM   #6 
  - "Confidentially"  LiberalEsto   Feb-25-06 11:18 AM   #8 
  - Depressed people already do pay through the nose.  blue neen   Feb-25-06 04:12 PM   #23 
     - yes, I'm aware of that  LiberalEsto   Feb-25-06 04:15 PM   #24 
     - I guess we should be grateful for the progress that has been made.  blue neen   Feb-25-06 04:30 PM   #25 
     - funny you should mention that  Blue_Tires   Feb-26-06 12:46 PM   #46 
  - Nom'd simple for the use of "pre-warn" by a major media outlet.  elehhhhna   Feb-25-06 11:24 AM   #10 
  - Geo.W.Bush is the depression gene.  lumpy   Feb-25-06 11:54 AM   #14 
  - Well..  ananda   Feb-25-06 03:21 PM   #17 
  - Clinical depression isn't quite the same.  Blue in Portland   Feb-27-06 10:54 AM   #52 
  - It is about 1/2 a century now that  fshrink   Feb-25-06 03:28 PM   #18 
  - Does that mean they'll stop telling me to "snap out of it"  shrike   Feb-25-06 03:30 PM   #19 
  - Sumthin' wrong with your bootstraps?  mycritters2   Feb-25-06 03:34 PM   #21 
  - What an ignorant thing to say.  smirkymonkey   Feb-26-06 10:03 AM   #43 
  - Someone (a cardiologist! an MD!!) once told my severely depressed friend  Sacajawea   Feb-25-06 08:24 PM   #32 
     - Did the doctor have a GYN brother?  havocmom   Feb-25-06 08:36 PM   #34 
  - This is a significant finding.  blue neen   Feb-25-06 04:06 PM   #22 
  - My favorite gene  AngryAmish   Feb-25-06 04:34 PM   #26 
  - Here's a theory as to genetic advantage in depression  mycritters2   Feb-25-06 04:38 PM   #27 
     - With all due respect...  ljm2002   Feb-25-06 05:48 PM   #29 
     - Hey, it's just a theory  mycritters2   Feb-25-06 05:56 PM   #30 
        - Hey, no worries...  ljm2002   Feb-26-06 01:30 AM   #38 
           - It's all good  mycritters2   Feb-26-06 03:52 PM   #49 
     - Is there a test to see if you have the gene? n/t  Clarkie1   Feb-25-06 05:57 PM   #31 
     - per the Huxley report...I guess REVOLUTIONARIES  loudsue   Feb-27-06 12:57 PM   #55 
     - "evident fact that in any asymmetrical society there are potentially more  rman   Feb-27-06 02:10 PM   #57 
  - a kick for all the sadness  mdmc   Feb-25-06 11:13 PM   #37 
  - this gene is half empty  dave29   Feb-26-06 01:38 AM   #39 
  - Fascinating, though I do object to the article's phrasing: "THE gene  Nothing Without Hope   Feb-26-06 03:12 AM   #40 
  - DEMOCRATIC gene found. Feeling, empathy, insight. Sounds likes it to me.  LosinIt   Feb-26-06 07:43 AM   #41 
  - My guess is that ...  Kailassa   Feb-26-06 09:03 AM   #42 
  - Yeah...  kalibex   Feb-26-06 11:04 AM   #44 
  - I'm depressed because  undergroundpanther   Feb-26-06 01:34 PM   #47 
     - From your link  Lilith Velkor   Feb-27-06 10:07 AM   #50 
  - I can sympathize.  Akoto   Feb-27-06 10:58 AM   #53 
  - I agree with previous posters that attributing all of depression...  steve2470   Feb-27-06 10:48 AM   #51 
  - I Know About That STigma Personally  stepnw1f   Feb-27-06 11:03 AM   #54 
  - What if it's really an "empathy gene". Are they gonna rid us of that?  Just Me   Feb-27-06 01:30 PM   #56 
     - I've always thought that depression was the result  mdmc   Mar-12-06 09:42 AM   #59 

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