Just as genetics play a main role in your risk of developing many serious illnesses, your family history is one of the best indicators of your risk of developing mental disorders. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, for example, tend to run in families; there is no definitive way, however, of using genetics to determine whether an individual will develop mental illnesses. Not enough is known about the gene variations that contribute to them, and debate is still raging in the psychological community as to how genetics interact with other factors. To put it simply, the question of nature vs. nurture persists).

Psychosocial Interventions for Genetically Influenced Problems in Childhood & Adolescence

Rende, a professor at Brown University’s medical school, looks at which genes may play a role in psychological disorders common in youth, as well as which interventions seem promising. What stands out, however, is that Rende emphasizes, too, the limitations of using genomics. The field in itself is not, he warns, a panacea.

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