How to Talk with Families About Genetics and Psychiatric by Holly Landrum Peay, Jehannine Claire Austin

By Holly Landrum Peay, Jehannine Claire Austin

As we examine extra approximately how our biology and genes can play into the improvement of a psychological health and wellbeing illness, sufferers and their households are more and more looking solutions to tricky questions on universal threat components, the chance of recurrence, the necessity for genetic checking out, and implications for destiny generations.

A useful, go-to source for all psychological overall healthiness clinicians, this consultant explains simply the right way to handle those questions and matters in a fashion that’s understandable and compassionate. choked with case experiences, pattern dialogues, and question-and-answer examples, it's a necessary roadmap for practitioners, assisting them to demystify a fancy factor for his or her consumers and equip them with the actual, reassuring info they wish.

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Interplay of Genes, Environment, and Experience Genes alone cannot explain most traits. Mendel realized that environment plays a role in how genes express traits: planting tall peas in poor soil reduces their height, for example. Experience likewise plays a part. Children who are above average in intelligence but attend a substandard school, for example, have learning experiences that are far different from the experiences of similarly intelligent children who attend a model school. Epigenetics is the study of differences in gene expression related to environment and experience.

Descartes’s dualistic theory faces many problems. It quickly became apparent to scientists that people who have damaged pineal bodies or even no pineal body at all still display normal intelligent behavior. Today, we understand that the pineal gland plays a role in behavior related to biological rhythms, but it does not govern human behavior. We now know that fluid is not pumped from the brain into muscles when they contract. indd 7 Pineal gland Ventricles Figure 1-4 Dualist Hypothesis To explain how the mind controls the body, Descartes suggested that the mind resides in the pineal gland, where it directs the flow of fluid through the ventricles and into the body to investigate objects and to become informed about their properties.

It enfolds the brainstem (Figure 1-1B), which is responsible for most of our unconscious behaviors. The second major brainstem structure, the cerebellum, Figure 1-2 Major Divisions of the is specialized for learning and coordinating skilled movements. Human Nervous System The brain and Harvey clearly wanted to preserve not just his brain but his self—his consciousness, spinal cord together make up the central nervous his language, and his memory. This meaning of the term brain refers to something system.

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