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How Life Experiences May Affect Anxiety and Depression

March 19th, 2012 Inspirational

The age-old question of psychology is that of nature versus nurture. Do our genes dictate who we will become, or do the events we experience throughout our lives have a more meaningful impact? Perhaps the answer is a mix of the two - our genes may lead us toward a certain path, but our life experiences can play just as big a role. That's what scientists from Virginia Commonwealth University are saying - significant events in our lives can affect how we deal with anxiety and depression as adults.

"In this time of emphasis on genes for this and that trait, it is important to remember that our environmental experiences also make important contributions to who we are as people," says principal investigator Kenneth Kendler.

Scientists reached the conclusion by studying identical twins. With the exact same genetic makeup, the only factors to observe were environmental ones. After studying participants between 5 and 6 years of age, researchers concluded that our experiences affect us through our late adult lives, but at a point that development stops.

You may want to start examining ways you can make your life more positive, whether it's taking time to de-stress or meeting up with friends. It's good for your peace of mind and can do a lot to help you with anxiety and depression as you start to get older.