Five Major Psychiatric Disorders Share Genetic Risk Factors

Five Major Psychiatric Disorders Share Genetic Risk FactorsAs per a new study published in Lancet medical journal, five major psychiatric disorders, including autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia, are linked and share various genetic risk factors.

Through this study, the researchers are hopeful that beyond than describing only the symptoms of the diseases, they would be able to understand what exactly is going in the psychic brain.

In this study, the researchers compared the genetic codes of 33,000 people who are suffering with a psychiatric disorder with 28,000 people who are not facing any such problems at all.

Nick Craddock, a professor of psychiatry at Cardiff University and one of the researchers of the study, said the study will start a potential new era for solving the problems of psychiatry and mental illness, which will ultimately lead to better ways of its treatment and diagnosis.

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of mental health charity Sane, said, “While it may take a decade for research studies like this to translate into new drugs and other treatments, we may yet be working towards a breakthrough which has so long eluded scientists working in this field”.

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