A member asked:

Is there a connection between depression and personality?

5 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Donald Hazlett answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Yes, at times: Officially there is a depressive personality disorder diagnosis being studied for inclusion in the list of accepted personality diagnoses. The fact that there are personality styles we see clearly living in a chronic state of mild depression has always been known. That type of depression doesn't often benefit from antidepressant medication, but can respond to various types of counseling.

Answered 10/3/2016


Dr. Carla Enriquez answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Good question: They are related on several levels. Personality disorders typically involve symptoms of depression but are classified otherwise. Depressed people tend to be pessimists, a personality trait. Although the terms are not correlated: depression is a neurobiological disorder; personality is an individual trait. Both are inherited, but most likely from different genes.

Answered 3/26/2013



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