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Manic Depression Gene

Pete Dixon pete.dixon at canrem.com
Wed Dec 15 23:27:00 EST 1993

At a recent meeting of my Manic Depressive group a video was shown where they
talked about how a causal gene/gene set had been identified on chromosome 11.
The identification was confirmed by testing affected and non-affected family
members among the Amish and other gene mapping-friendly groups.

The strong implication to me was that there was now a genetic marker test for
this gene. If there is can someone direct to sources, costs, availability
information about these tests.

Even if the cost was in the 100's of dollars it would be cheap in relation to
the damage last/mis-diagnosis can cause. FYI, most manics report 11 years and a
series of mis-diagnoses before a Manic Depression conclusion was reached.
That's a lot of talk therapy to sit through to find out one's problem is
biochemical in origin. Not to mention the effect of those un-needed
psychotropic drugs.

Pete Dixon
Kitchener, Ontario

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