Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Is there a thin genetic line between happiness and depression?

This article is about how genetics could play a role in mental illness but not in the way you might think. Trying to figure out the genetic and cognitive causes of mental illness' in detail has always been a problem without a solution. It turns out, through comparing different individuals with a common "mental illness gene", They have seen a variety of outcomes depending on their environment. Their final conclusion was that there is no gene that directly correlates to mental illness, in a yes or no manner. On the other hand, there are genes that can affect how susceptible someone is to the stressors in an environment. I believe that this is a good starting point but when handling something as mental illness, that has had several definitions over time, there needs to be a lot of data to make a solid point in either direction.


Mental Illness

1 comment:

  1. This article is interesting because I never thought that mental illness could be effected by an environment. I always thought that these diseases all had a common mental illness gene. In this study, individuals had different outcomes depending on the environment they grew up in or are currently living in. Realizing that the environment plays a role in mental illness is a good start to trying to fully understand these types of diseases.