Psychiatric 'diseases' versus behavioral disorders and degree of genetic influence.

  title={Psychiatric 'diseases' versus behavioral disorders and degree of genetic influence.},
  author={O Joseph Bienvenu and Dimitry S. Davydow and Kenneth S. Kendler},
  journal={Psychological medicine},
  volume={41 1},
BACKGROUND Psychiatric conditions in which symptoms arise involuntarily ('diseases') might be assumed to be more heritable than those in which choices are essential (behavioral disorders). We sought to determine whether psychiatric 'diseases' (Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and mood and anxiety disorders) are more heritable than behavioral disorders (substance use disorders and anorexia nervosa). METHOD We reviewed the literature for recent quantitative summaries of heritabilities. When… CONTINUE READING
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