There was a fascinating article that recently showed up on NBC News.com on June 2. It dealt with the overarching concept of resiliency possibly being rooted in childhood, and featured some survivor stories of recent tragedies of natural disasters. It presented that some people did well; others less so.
The article nicely brought a mental health issue with the potential to affect us all one step closer to the general public. As well, though, it pointed toward something fascinating — that in terms of causalities of mental health and illness, there is “nature and nurture” and then there is something else.
“Nature” widely has been understood to be our genetics; “nurture” our early life experiences. Human behavior has been catchphrased as shaped by these two for centuries.
But then there is brain chemistry. The genetics category, you say? Not so fast. Apparently it can be altered by early formative experience.