Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Possible New Hope is On the Horizon For Those With Mental Illness

Through genetics many traits are passed down both physically and mentally; categorizing depression and bipolar disorder as a gene that can be inherited is not as far fetch as some many believe. A study on whether these disorders can be found in ones genes will be conducted by a genetics company 23 and Me along with assistance from Milken Institute and company for pharmaceuticals known as Lundbeck. These companies hope to acquire data from 15,000 people with depressive disorder and 10,000 people with bipolar disorder, all who have been medically diagnosed. To be looked at other than just the genetic aspect of the person will be their cognitive reaction through completing a total of 9 surveys online that will be given monthly. For the researchers to gather data on possible phenotypes that could cause these disorders, each person involved with submit a swab of salvia that will be studied. These companies understand that all cases of each disorder may not be from genetics since it is known already that many are due to environmental factors but looking into the possible cause in genetic reasoning could be groundbreaking still. From this project the researchers hope to be able to come up with potential therapies that could help people who suffer from these disorders. The companies are readying the necessary requirements for this project and currently are looking for applicants that would like to use information on their disorder to possibly help others going through the same hardships in the future.


  1. I actually read an article somewhere on the dailymail of a study that confirmed shorter telomeres to be more frequent among people with bipolar parents, leading to a quick ageing among those individuals. So this is a very interesting experiment and would definitely be following up closely with how it turns out because more effective/efficient treatments wouldn't just benefit the patients but their offsprings as well.

  2. This is very important, especially where there will be people with similar disorders who wont feel alone in the process but be accompanied.