A Mix Of Genes And Child Abuse May Lead To Mood Disorders, According To Austin Researcher

“We will in the future be able to look at individuals and say your polygenic risk factor score suggests that you’re vulnerable to bipolar disorder or depression or diabetes or asthma.”

By Bonnie PetrieDecember 3, 2019 9:30 am, , ,

From Texas Public Radio:

A mix of genes and toxic childhood stress often lead to depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher. With that knowledge, doctors may someday be able to predict who is at risk for mood disorders and offer a plan for prevention.

Dr. Charles Nemeroff chairs the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas at Austin. He told those who attended the UT Health San Antonio Brain Health Symposium on Mood Disorders that all people are born with a genetic blueprint that includes gene variants that put them at risk for certain health problems if the environment is right.

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