As a retired nutritional psychologist I look upon these kinds of problems of what is going NOW and not what might have happened in the past. I know it is fashionable to look upon mood disorders as the end result of past history. According to this assumption by unravelling the past, one expect suddenly the mood disorders to disappear. I am afraid it is not as simple as that. The reason I believe this is because most mood disorders - of whatever kind - are accompanied by a physiological illness that needs to be treated FIRST, before considering psychological factors. The proof of the pudding is that many mood disorders do respond to some medication, although medication can only mask the symptoms without curing the underlying biochemical imbalance that accounts for the disorder.
It is clear that in this case there is a genetic predisposition because it is reported that the father was a alcoholic. Thus a faulty gene might have been running in the family that could account for why people may inherit a mood disorder. Mind you, a faulty gene can be beaten and is not a sentence for a life-long "mental" illness.
Most people with a mood disorder are found to be hypoglycemic according to a medical test as described at our web site at:
The four hour medical Test for Hypoglycemia explained at:
Thus considering any mood disorder the first step is to look for physiological causes. Fortunately enough, most of these do respond to Nutritional therapy in contrast to drug therapy or even psychotherapy.
“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Hypoglycemia”