The biggest study yet into genetics and mental health has come up with a stunning result: The five most common mental illnesses -- autism, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disease, schizophrenia and major depression -- all have a common genetic root.
They linked a considerable number to four places in the genome: a big stretch of chromosome 3; another part of chromosome 10, and two very specific genetic areas known to be involved in controlling cell function called calcium channels.
Smoller’s international team included dozens of researchers who looked at the genetics of more than 33,000 psychiatric patients and compared them to nearly 28,000 people without mental illness.
Originally posted by Dispo
reply to post by wewillnotcomply666
It wouldn't make a difference. The large number of both types of variable are present to provide a strong average result which eliminates anomalies.
Originally posted by Aleister
This is an important study, and other medical teams as well as the original team should do many types of follow up studies. And if mental illness does have a DNA connection, does it affect all members of the family or turn on "brighter" in some. Will office holders and candidates for office now have to provide a "clean" DNA report? And are there degrees of mental changes, do some people have part-bipolar, which brings them into a creative mode rather than full-blown imagination episodes? Lots of follow-up studies to do on this. Thanks for the thread.
Originally posted by PrivateSi
reply to post by Tardacus
A common misconception about genetic diseases is that they are always inherited. Although often the case, genetic damage in-utero via external influences are very common - question is, what are those influences? Interesting but shallow article - let's hope for some genetic therapies - but the cause of the error needs to be made public or we can easily be SCAMMED by MASSIVE-PHARMA...
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 25 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from mental illness. Anxiety and depression top the list, but we are also witnessing increasing numbers of people suffering with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and personality disorders.
And it's not only adults. It starts in childhood. Among children and adolescents ages 9 to 17, 21 percent have mental or addictive disorders. In 2008, nearly 7 percent of children in the U.S. were taking psychotropic medications. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. (Homicides are second, after accidents.)
From 1988-1994 through 2005-2008, the rate of antidepressant use in the U.S. among all ages increased nearly 400 percent.
……Let's face it. We live in a toxic chemical soup that is messing with our minds and other vital organs.
Chronic disease to cost $47 trillion by 2030: WEF
The global economic impact of the five leading chronic diseases -- cancer, diabetes, mental illness, heart disease, and respiratory disease -- could reach $47 trillion over the next 20 years, according to a study by the World Economic Forum (WEF). ….
"This is not a health issue, this is an economic issue ….." ……
….Mental health, which is typically left off lists of leading NCDs, will account for $16 trillion -- a third of the overall $47 trillion anticipated costs.
Originally posted by FreedomEntered
reply to post by rickymouse
lol ... Well my point is I feel mental illness is a condition that does need more theraputic treatments, the problem is that most psychologists are under qualified. They are from more " privilaged" backgrounds, with degrees and thats about it. They dont have life experience,outside of their box. So to come into this world of madness and deep feeling/illusion is a huge job for them that often they cant address unless they are " talented" in some way or the patient has a natural reaction to them.
Otherwise its pills. But still dont like the idea of genetic fiddling, as I think it would lead to forced genetic fiddling loledit on 1-3-2013 by FreedomEntered because: (no reason given)