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Study Finds Common Genetic Thread in Five Psychiatric Diseases

A new study published in The Lancet today has found a common genetic thread running through five well-known psychiatric diseases: autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia. It was an international research collaboration, studying the genomes of more than sixty thousand patients of European ancestry.

Scientists hope the findings will clear up how these diseases are classified, moving from describing symptoms to identifying underlying causes. And once other scientists dig into the data, there may be some progress made on treating these five diseases.

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Linea Johnson’s Fight Against Bi-Polar Disorder

This is an inspiring and brave young woman who, with the help of her mother, has been fighting against mental illness since nearly dying from addiction a few years ago. See the video about her story here, and visit her blog here. She apparently does a lot of outreach work too, including serving as a guest speaker at schools across the country, and publishing a book about her experiences called Perfect Chaos (you can read more about it on her blog). We could certainly use more examples like her out there.