May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and mental health is playing an increasingly central role within health care. Genetic testing options and the results people may receive can leave people confused and concerned, and genetic counselors play an important part in not only providing insights on genetics but also advising patients on the mental and emotional aspects of testing and what they can do as far as next steps.
The following articles are intended to be useful resources as you consider the intersection between genetic testing and counseling and mental health.
How Genetics and the COVID-19 Pandemic Impact Mental Health
This podcast episode explores how genetics and environmental factors affect mental health, and how people can maintain mental well-being during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Family Ties: The Impact of Genetics on Your Mental Health
This article examines the facts and misconceptions around how family genetic history may affect one’s mental health.
Mental Illness and Genetics: Family History, and Protecting Your Mental Health
This webinar explores the links between family history of mental illness and protecting one’s own mental health.
Using Genetic Testing to Select Embryos with Lower Risk for Schizophrenia: What Should I Know?
This article looks at the potential benefits and considerations of genetic testing for schizophrenia risk in embryos.
How to Protect Your Mental Health When Genetics Make You Vulnerable
This article provides tips on how knowledge of genetic or environmental factors can help individuals maintain their mental health.
Is there a Gene for Depression, Alcoholism or Schizophrenia? Can I Get Tested For It?
This article assesses the role genetics and genetic testing can play in the likelihood and detection of certain psychiatric illnesses.
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