I've had depression and mild anxiety for 6 years now, and my mom just can't understand it. She loves me to death, but she can't deal with it because she never had it (other than normal anxiety from self-conscious issues)...and it makes all the more harder for me to deal. The only other person I know of in my family who had depression was my grandfather, right before he died. He was basically bed-ridden, and had always been a social butterfly his entire life, so it's understandable that he was depressed. It just makes me wonder...is depression genetic? Or does it stem from events in our lives? What do you think?