“There is, as yet, no known gene for anything psychiatric. And the indications are that none will be found.”
I came across this article Mental Illness it’s Not in Your Genes this morning and found it quite intriguing. It was in fact freeing to consider that environment, and not solely genetics is responsible for most psychiatric or mental illnesses.
Because environment is something I can do something about. Genes? Not so much. (Unless you know about epigenetics)**
Environment consists of internal and external factors – what you think, what you eat, where you go, who you hang out with, all play a part. I find this invigorating and energizing – the power IS in my control to shape my destiny.
When I first realized this I got pissed off about it. GRRRRR … I can laugh now, but at first I SO beat myself up when I discovered that I’d been thinking TERRIBLE thoughts about myself fueled by the news, negative people and a crappy diet. I had created the conditions of my life. It’s like I gave myself clinical depression. What a dummy!!
So after beating myself up a bit more about being a dummy (and being a nurse educator I threw in an couple of extra hits of “shoulda known extra-better”) I learned about forgiveness, self-compassion, loving-kindness … and realized that I had been doing the best that I could with what I knew at the time, and now that I know, I can choose differently. The external environment can beat me up enough already, I choose to feed myself wholesome, loving, “I CAN do it,” “I AM doing it” thoughts!
I am not a slave to my DNA, what a freeing revelation!
**Update Feb 25, 2017 — Epigenetics?? It is “the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself.”For more info check out this website what is Epigenetics?