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Study: Several Mental Illnesses Share Genetic Roots
03/04/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter

A major international study into the links between genetics and mental illness was released last week, and scientists say it may revolutionize their understanding of psychiatric disorders. The study, which was funded largely by the National Institute of Mental Health, was published last week in the Lancet medical journal. It finds that five major mental disorders have more in common than was previously thought. One of the 19 scientists who worked on the study is Dr. Susan Santangelo, director of psychiatric research at Maine Medical Center. She speaks with Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter.

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Dr. Susan Santangelo

Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter speaks with Dr. Susan Santangelo (left), director of psychiatric research at Maine Medical Center, about a new study she contributed to that found genetic links between several mental illnesses. The study finds that autism, ADHD, bi-polar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia share several common genetic risk factors. Porter asks Dr. Santangelo about the significance of the finding.

View the study, published in the medical journal, The Lancet.


 


 

Photo by Tom Porter.

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