posted on Apr, 14 2015 @ 06:57 AM
I am somewhat familiar with these findings in the OP, but have not seen much research on the possibility of changes that could be made later in life.
I wonder greatly about that.
Because I also had a depressive mother, and went through various type so of abuse and neglect. My mother had some sort of "blockage" she claimed, to
physical affection, so could not touch us in affectionate ways (only to hit, kick or pull hair).
I was prone to depression for most of my life, and even as my life situation improved, I still found that there was a depth of depression that could
hit me quickly, with a trigger (like a rejection of some sort) and I could dive quickly from being content or happy in general, to being suicidal.
I began to be afraid that no matter how much I improved my situation, this would be a risk for me- like a pit, once formed, it could become easily
infected at any time.
But I found with time, that it became easier and easier to sustain a higher state of emotional being, the "dips" becoming less severe, and lasting
less time. At this point, a few days of feeling listless or down makes me feel a bit like an observer of a passing state, until it is gone.
Analyzing this slow process, it seems quite cliché, but I sometimes think I was "healed with love". Seriously, having a mate that is very
affectionate physically, and that showed to be a stable partner over a long period of time, I feel like it didn't just have the mental affect of
making me believe love is possible, and can be relied on, but it seems like it had a physical effect on my body, my health. I wonder if there might be
changes in the biology that could have been measured!
In any case, it provides some hope.