Shared Genes May Link ADHD, Autism and Depression

“‘This study, for the first time, shows that there are specific genetic variants that influence a range of childhood and adult-onset psychiatric disorders that we think of as clinically different,’ said lead researcher Dr. Jordan Smoller, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

‘We also found that there was significant overlap in the genetic components of several disorders, especially schizophrenia with bipolar disorder and depression, and to a lesser extent autism with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,’ he said.”

Source: US New and World Report, February 28, 2013, “Shared Genes May Link ADHD, Autism and Depression. Largest study of its kind also found ties to schizophrenia, bipolar disorders”

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