Psychiatric Illnesses May Be Genetic


By Molly Clifton

Researchers have discovered that five major psychiatric disorders share common genetic risk factors.

The largest ever genetic study of psychiatric illness found autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia shared several risk factors.

In particular, researchers found two genes involved in the balance of calcium in the brain may play a role in some of the disorders.

They say the discovery could lead to new treatments.

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