Psychiatric Illnesses May Be Genetic

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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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