How we turn raw DNA data into the "Depression Risk" report
Major Depression Disorder, a common response to various life events including stress is highly heritable. This means that variations in your DNA have an influence on whether you experience Depression. Reference 1. Reference 2.
People may respond to stressful events and chronic stressors and other circumstances in life in many different ways. For example, while some people may experience anger or exhaustion when dealing with stress, others may experience depression.
Recently, scientists have discovered variants in your DNA that affect this particular response to stress, and people who have these DNA variations are more likely to experience depression as a result of stress.
Our advanced algorithm analyzes the parts of your DNA that are important for this trait, and it estimates your degree of risk for experiencing depression, simply your Depression Risk.
Why DNA is only part of the story
When it comes to your likelihood of having depression, DNA is only part of the story. The environment also plays a role.
This is good because this gives you the ability to positively influence your environment to manage your stress and other experiences, and mitigate your response. We tell you what your DNA predicts, so you can use it to work on reducing stressful life conditions to decrease the probability of you having depression.
Reports you can trust
Our team of scientists and engineers uses a robust algorithm development process to ensure validity of our results.
The results we give are based on the highest quality research from the world’s leading researchers.
We use the scientific discoveries published in the world’s most rigorous peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Our findings are calibrated based on real world observations.