Dr. Smoller headed an international study that may help treat and diagnose mental health conditions. Researchers throughout the world reviewed a large sample of more than 61,000 chromosomes. The data revealed that Major Depressive Disorder, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Attention-Deficit Disorder and Autism have some similarities; researchers are hopeful that the findings can shed light on the causes facilitating mental illnesses. One finding that researchers considered important was that genes which helped control calcium flow to the brain cells were interrupted; this interfered with the neurons’ ability to communicate. Researchers concluded that this link may help physicians understand more about diagnosing mental conditions and identifying their causes.ce a common

The large sample in this study allowed researchers to compare chromosomes from subjects with and without mental conditions.  For more information about this research, view http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/huge-study-mental-disorders-share-genetic-links-18612751

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