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J Genet Couns. 2008 Feb;17(1):6-17. Epub 2007 Oct 26.

Psychiatric disorders in clinical genetics I: Addressing family histories of psychiatric illness.

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National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA,


This is the first article of a two-part professional development series addressing genetic counseling for personal and family histories of psychiatric disorders. It is based on an Educational Breakout Session presented by the Psychiatric Special Interest Group of the National Society of Genetic Counselors at the 2006 Annual Education Conference. This article examines issues that arise in addressing family histories of psychiatric illness, while the second article in the series considers the generation and provision of individualized recurrence risks for psychiatric disorders. In this article we discuss the importance of managing uncertainty for affected individuals and their close family members who have been referred to genetics for a number of different indications. We then use four simulated cases to make recommendations about the scope and timing of discussions related to the psychiatric family history.

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