New Discovery in Psychiatric Disorders: Does This Change Behavioral Healthcare?

As a behavioral healthcare provider, I was fascinated by a recent study in the journal Science, which discovered common genetic activity in the brains of 700 individuals who suffered from autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism. I couldn’t agree more with Daniel Geschwind, a neurogeneticist at the University of California at Los Angeles and a leader of the study: “We’re on the threshold to using genomics and molecular technology to look at [mental illness] in a way we’ve never been able to do before.”

I think it’s important to note, though, that “the threshold” is still not “inside the house.”

I hope this latest research bring us what we all want – a manner in which we can eradicate chronic and debilitating mental illness. But I also hope that we remember where we came from and are, therefore, duly cautious.

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