ADHD, bipolar disorder are among the few mental disorders that can be inherited, says study

Many mental conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia can be genetically inherited. This is according to a new research study done by universities across Ireland and the United States. Over 600 institutions contributed to the study.

The study says that psychiatric disorders share important similarities that are categorised by a genetic link. Researchers say this is the first time such a discovery has been made thanks to new technology.

The study says that there is a chance that disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], bipolar disorder, depressive disorder and schizophrenia can be inherited from parents.

This does not mean that environmental or other factors don't have a role to play. But what the study points to is that there is some degree of genetics that has a role to play. While genetic influences vary, there is some degree of probability that a disorder will be passed on through the family line.

So if a parent has schizophrenia, the chances of the child getting the disorder is about 10%. However, there is also a 90% chance that the child may not get it as well.

The study also says that people who obtain higher levels of education are more likely to get mental disorders. So, the qualities that make someone perform better in their school also play a role in the risk of developing those disorders.

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