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Can you have genetic counseling for any psychiatric diseases?

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Dr. Karl Muench
Clinical Genetics 61 years experience
Yes: Many adult psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, have a partially genetic foundation. As more causative or contributing genes are discovered, the importance of a genetic counseling in psychiatry will grow. Genetic counseling can support families by enhancing reproductive decisions, preventing misconceptions about causation, and preventing stigmatization.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Yes: Information about the genetics of psychiatric disorders is available, although we lack any specific tests except for some forms of mental retardation. Still, counselors can talk with prospective parents about the relative risk of different mental disorders based on known family history.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Yes: But what you will be getting for the most will be risks involved in terms of percentages rather than actual genetic testing to find out whether you are a disease carrier. There are a few notable exceptions such as huntington's disease and some of the causes for mental retardation.

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