New Study Explores Genetic Overlap Among Mental Illnesses

New Study Explores Genetic Overlap Among Mental Illnesses

At the genetic level, how related are brain disorders like OCD, anorexia nervosa and Tourette syndrome? What about depression, bipolar disorder, and ADHD? For years, psychiatric researchers have explored the links between genes and mental illness. Now, a new study in the journal Science analyzing the DNA of over a million people illuminates just how blurred the lines are between genetic risk factors for seemingly different brain disorders.

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