Demystifying genetic jargon in psychiatry

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Genetic testing in psychiatry is becoming more common, but psychiatrists often receive little training in it. Given the pace of change in genetics, understanding the current methods of testing and their associated merits and limitations can therefore be challenging for some. This narrative, written for psychiatrists in the clinic, aims to cut through the jargon and describe current genetic testing techniques and their evolution from previous methods. It discusses benefits and risks of testing, how geneticists decide whether genetic variants are pathogenic, terminology found in genetic test results and how best to support patients with genetic diagnoses. It also describes methods used to study the genetics of polygenic disorders. It is anticipated this will facilitate a greater understanding of genetic testing and promote confidence among psychiatrists to discuss its clinical utility and implications with patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages14
JournalBJPsych Advances
Early online date21 Jun 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jun 2021


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