The Inheritance of Mood Disorders

  • Ming T. Tsuang
  • Stephen V. Faraone

Abstract

In this Chapter we will show that although much is known about the inheritance of mood disorders, we still have much to learn. Available studies weave a complex pattern of results that inform clinicians, educate students, and stimulate researchers. A complete review of relevant work is beyond the scope of a single Chapter; those who wish to learn more should consult comprehensive reviews (Faraone, Kremen, & Tsuang, 1990; Tsuang and Faraone, 1990) along with the original studies. Our goal for this Chapter is to provide an overview that orients readers to basic findings and future directions. However, before doing so, we briefly review the spectrum of conditions called mood disorders to create a nosological foundation for the studies to be reviewed.

Keywords

Bipolar Disorder Anxiety Disorder Tyrosine Hydroxylase Affective Disorder Mood Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming T. Tsuang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stephen V. Faraone
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Harvard Institute of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Genetics; Harvard Medical School Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts Mental Health Center, Brockton/West Roxbury VA Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of EpidemiologyHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  3. 3.Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit, Psychiatry ServiceMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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