Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Your Genetic Risk of Mental Health Disorders Can Determine Where You Live

There are different factors that determine a place where someone lives. Some of those factors include price, location, weather conditions, and even the genetic risk of mental health disorders. A study conducted by a research team from King’s College London were able to identify that there are genes that cause people to choose their living choice based off them. They suggested that there is a correlation between a person’s genes and their environment. The experiment was based on a polygenic risk score (PRS) conducted on about 300,000 UK citizens ages ranging from 37 to 73. The PRS allowed the team to examine the gene liability of every individual involved. From all those studied, there was a higher risk of bipolar disorder, anorexia, and autism and a lower risk for ADHD in people who moved from rural to urban locations. Those risk in being diagnosed with schizophrenia and ADHD are likely to live in cities. They were able to concluded that depending on one’s likelihood to develop a mental disorder can determine the place they live.



  1. This was a very interesting read on how mental illnesses affect where you live. More specifically, I was astonished that schizophrenic and ADHD individuals would want to live in an area where it is more densely populated. I would assume that it would be difficult for ADHD individuals to live in an area where there is constant stimulation. I can understand with bipolar disorder many might feel withdrawn so they choose a less populated area than the city.

  2. it was very interesting to read how a person's metal illness could determine where and how they live, but it makes sense. For example, a person with ADHD would prefer to live in a city as opposed to a rural area because cities are very stimulating. There isn't much to do in rural communities, so living in a city allows a person with ADHD to have outlets.