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Is there a connection between depression and personality?
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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