Month: April, 2012

Genetic Counselling Available

Do you or one of your family members have a mental illness?  Are you concerned about potential risks for your children or other family members?  Genetic counsellors can help.  Genetic counsellors are health care professionals with specialized training and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counselling.  Genetic counsellors can tell you what is currently known about the causes of mental illness, and can help you to apply this information to your own family.  The service is available for free to interested men and women who live in British Columbia. You do not require a referral from your family doctor.  To schedule an appointment, call Angela Inglis at 1-604-875-2000, extension 4733 or e-mail  Appointments take place in person at the department of medical genetics at BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Vancouver or may be done by phone.  Prior to the appointment, the genetic counsellor will phone you to do a family history.  This takes approximately 30 minutes.  The genetic counselling appointments are about an hour in length.  The genetic counsellor will try to answer any questions that you have about the causes of your or your family members’ mental illness.   Please note that genetic testing is not offered.  Your information will remain confidential.



Genes associated with autism also related to schizophrenia – KTVN

Genes associated with autism also related to schizophreniaKTVN"We also found that many of these genes play a role in diverse clinical situations — from severe intellectual disability to adult-onset schizophrenia — leading to the conclusion that …

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Childhood Trauma Linked to Schizophrenia –

PsychCentral.comChildhood Trauma Linked to SchizophreniaPsychCentral.comBy Janice Wood Associate News Editor Children who have experienced severe trauma are three times as likely to develop schizophrenia in later life, according to new research from th…

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Severe abuse in childhood may treble risk of schizophrenia – The Guardian

The GuardianSevere abuse in childhood may treble risk of schizophreniaThe GuardianChildren who experience severe forms of abuse are around three times as likely to develop schizophrenia and related psychoses in later life compared with children who do …

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Memory Deficits Predict Schizophrenia Severity – Medscape

Memory Deficits Predict Schizophrenia SeverityMedscapeApril 18, 2012 — Memory-related deficits and abnormal brain activity may predict disease severity in patients with schizophrenia, according to new imaging research. In a small study of adults with…

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