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Genetic factors of bipolar disorder

Kauffmann, L. (2017) Genetic factors of bipolar disorder. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Abstract

Bipolar disorder is one of the most severe mental illnesses worldwide where it affects approximately 1% of the population. It is a disease where patients experience episodes of extreme mania and depression and for this reason, suicide attempts are very high among these patients. It is evidenced that bipolar disorder is highly heritable (60%-80%) providing the evidence that there is a strong genetic component in this disorder. Researchers investigated different genes and polymorphisms that could be important in the higher risk of developing BD. However, environmental factors play a crucial role as well. Different aspects of environmental factors are found to be important, from prenatal stress exposure to the experience of events in the late adolescence. This thesis provides an overview of the different risk factors of BD, in which the genetic risk factors are highlighted.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:29
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:29
URI: http://fse.studenttheses.ub.rug.nl/id/eprint/15433

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