Introduction to epigenetics in psychiatry

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This introductory chapter provides a brief review of the current state of genetics research on psychiatric disorders. It reports on the progress that has been accomplished in the last few years which has led to the identification of new genes and genetic variants for many disorders, with schizophrenia being in the lead. It describes the different approaches that have been used and often points out how the genetics can predict an important role for epigenetics. This is followed by a quick overview of evidence for the importance of epigenetics in psychiatric disease and the links with many epigenetically relevant environmental factors. Finally, after a comparison highlighting similarities and differences between epigenetic and genetic approaches, the chapter provides some insights into moving psychiatric epigenetic research forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEpigenetics in Psychiatry
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780128235775
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Autism
  • Bipolar
  • Copy number variation
  • De novo mutations
  • Depression
  • Environment
  • Epigenetics
  • Genetics
  • Heritability
  • Infection
  • Major depression
  • Nutrition
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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