Mood Genes: Hunting for Origins of Mania and Depression / Edition 1

Mood Genes: Hunting for Origins of Mania and Depression / Edition 1

by Samuel H. Barondes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195131061

ISBN-13: 9780195131062

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

We know that the likelihood of developing many physical diseases, such as diabetes, is determined by genes. But can abnormalities in specific genes also play a part in the development of mental disorders? And, if so, can these genes actually be identified and their discovery put to use in prevention and treatment?
In Mood Genes, leading psychiatrist and

Overview

We know that the likelihood of developing many physical diseases, such as diabetes, is determined by genes. But can abnormalities in specific genes also play a part in the development of mental disorders? And, if so, can these genes actually be identified and their discovery put to use in prevention and treatment?
In Mood Genes, leading psychiatrist and biological researcher Samuel Barondes answers these questions in a way that renders a complex subject both exciting and understandable. Focusing on manic depressive illness, which affects about one percent of the population and has long been known to run in families, Barondes describes the fascinating hunt for genes—called mood genes—that influence the inherited vulnerability to severe mood disorders. He builds the compelling story of this hunt on the histories of two families riddled with manic-depression, explaining what it means to have an inherited predisposition to a severe mood disorder, how to find the mood genes that are responsible, and what will happen as mood genes are found.
Not long ago, saying that a behavioral tendency was genetic was generally taken to mean that it was unchangeable. Now we know that finding genes that influence particular behavioral variations may not just be used to foretell our destinies—but also to forestall them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195131062
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,265,794
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue1
CHAPTER 1 Michael's Family5
CHAPTER 2 A Single Morbid Process?25
CHAPTER 3 The Astonishing Leap from Traits to Genes49
CHAPTER 4 From Peas to People63
CHAPTER 5 Some Tools for the Hunt85
CHAPTER 6 Hunting Without a Map113
CHAPTER 7 Ana's Family131
CHAPTER 8 Hot Spots in the Genome145
CHAPTER 9 Both Good Seed and Bad165
CHAPTER 10 Grappling with Fate177
CHAPTER 11 "Better than Well": Some Trouble with Michael189
Notes195
Bibliography212
Acknowledgments227
Index229

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