Nature vs Nurture

Eight years ago this week I had two minor surgerical procedures done. I’ll spare you the details and just share with you that it was for a “lady” issue.

I was the perfect candidate for both procedures as I was in my early 40’s and done having children. 

It was honestly lifesaving. 

Two short months later though on April 4, 2014 I experienced a mental breakdown for the FIRST time ever in my life and well, you all kinda know the journey it’s taken me on ever since.

As mentioned in a recent Blog I wrote titled “The Pathway to Purpose”:, I’ve spent a lot of time over the last (almost) 8 years now questioning whether or not I could’ve somehow stopped the onset of my illness from happening. Was there something I could’ve done differently? 

I’ve even reached so far as to wonder if those two minor surgerical procedures a couple of months prior somehow jolted a sudden surge of hormonal imbalance in my body. I could be grasping at straws here, and although it’s highly unlikely to be the root cause of my mental illness, I’m not gonna lie because it often lingers in the back of my mind; that, along with the great debate (nature vs nurture) as to whether or not it’s our genetic makeup or our environmental factors that have a greater impact on our behavior. 

The debate has been on going for centuries. Freud himself spent much of his career weighing in on the conversation during his many years of extensive research on our human development, behaviour and personality. 

Nature is defined as “genetics, hormones and traits that affect human behaviour, physical appearance and even diseases.” Whereas Nurture is defined as “environmental factors, childhood experiences, social relationships, upbringing, culture and experience that influence a person.”

According to both definitions along with my own personal experiences, my genetic makeup of having a parent who battled depression for most of my life and now in my more recent years of extensive and indepth therapy that has taken a microscopic look back into my childhood and upbringing, I have a much clearer understanding that I was quite likely predisposed to Depression long before that procedure in February, 2014 ever took place and that human development and a combination of our genes quite possibly depends on both nature and nurture happening at the same time when it comes to the many complexities and factors surrounding the development of several types of mental illness.

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Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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