Martin Summerhayes (martinsummerhay) wrote,
Martin Summerhayes
martinsummerhay

Jane - is it a depressive name?

The following came to mind, is the name of a person related to how happy or sad or depressive they are?

Now you are going to either say I am talking bunk, or if your name happens to be Jane [or a derivation of it], you are going to rant at me for such a thought, let alone posting it!

However, pause for a moment to reflect on the people you know now, you might have worked with, or come across in the past. Now, if anyone stands out as either outstandingly happy or sad, reflect if there any other people of a similar ilk and if their names matched? You might realise, as I did that there might be a common name?

There are numerous articles that list a number of factors that may increase the chance of depression, some of them are:

Abuse: Past physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can cause depression later in life.
Death or a loss: Sadness or grief from the death or loss of a loved one, though natural, may increase the risk of depression.
Major events: Such as losing a job or income or home, getting divorced, or separated from a partner or even retiring.
Social isolation or Conflict: Due to disputes or being cast out of family or social groups.
Serious illnesses: Sometimes depression co-exists with a major illness or is a reaction to the illness.
Substance abuse: Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also have major or clinical depression.
Finally, Genetics: A family history of depression may increase the risk. It's thought that depression is a complex trait that may be inherited across generations, although the genetics of psychiatric disorders are not as simple or straightforward as in purely genetic diseases.

Many families choose similar, familiar names for their children. The media also plays a part in choosing names as well. If you want to check out the UK list of top boys names and girls names for 2014, follow the links below:

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a25011625/top-baby-boy-names-2014
http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a25011627/top-baby-girl-names-2014

So my supposition might not be so strange after all, if you consider a family history of depression. Maybe your mother had it. Or your uncle or your sister or your cousin.

My own insight? Well, I have known 3 Jane’s in my time: one suffered from OCD which led into depression, one had SAD [see my previous article], and the other suffered depression due to major changes at work. It was thinking about them, which sparked this article.

Finally, if you thought depressions was for the masses, check out this list of famous people [courtesy of Wikipedia] who have suffered from depression, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_with_major_depressive_disorder
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