Genetic fatalism in mental disorders

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In the spirit of keeping the conversation on mental health going, I would like to draw your attention to the way we think about genetic-based serious mental illnesses. These illnesses, as a class, involve the most psychologically intrusive disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In the treatment of SMIs, it is at times appropriate to prescribe medications and institutionalize patients without their consent. The resistance to being treated, the argument goes, is a symptom of the disorder — a patient would want treatment if that mental disorder weren’t clouding his or her judgment.

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