Gene-environment interaction in Psychiatry


As a clinician I always wondered why some abused patients had more trouble recovering from their psychiatric illness than others. This article about the gene environment interaction in Psychiatry clarifies some of the variations in outcome. This article explains in relatively accessible written prose some of the experiments that have influenced our thinking about gene and environment interactions in relation to psychiatry. It is written by David D. Olds, M.D. Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons New York.
He teaches clinical psychiatry and psychoanalysis at Columbia University and is an editor of the journal Neuro-Psychoanalysis. He has written often on the relationship between neuroscience and psychotherapy. Wanted to comment on his article. Curious how psychotherapy with sexually and or physically abused patients influences our brains or perhaps even genes. Maybe a topic for a future article on this blog.