Plan B - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Biology and Microbiology
Novel approaches in understanding mental illness present solutions to current issues in treatment and diagnosis. With advancements in genetics and neurology, the etiology and pathophysiology of mental illness is slowly unwrapping. In discovering biomarkers for depression, addiction, and schizophrenia, the precision for preventing, diagnosing, and treating these disorders increases. The aim of this paper is to review current research for addiction, major depression, and schizophrenia in genetics and physiology, while also clarifying the need for reclassifying mental illness as diseases with a pathophysiological basis, not syndromal, idiopathic disorders. Mental illness is dynamic in that it encompasses both environmental and biological factors, but research emphasis on the latter has potential to improve the treatment of disorders, and possibly prevent them.
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South Dakota State University
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Angerhofer, Christopher R., "A Biological Review of Mental Illness: An Overview of Genetics and Pathophysiology of Schizophrenia, Major Depression, and Addiction" (2018). Biology and Microbiology Graduate Students Plan B Research Projects. 5.