Neuropsychiatric geneticist Dr. Jehannine Austin provides a fascinating insight into the “bipolar gene” and “bipolar jar”, genetic and environmental factors that increase the risk for bipolar disorder, the latest in genetic testing for bipolar disorder, and what you should know before having children as a parent with bipolar disorder.
Hosted by Dr. Erin Michalak.
Dr. Jehannine Austin is the Executive director of the BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Research Institute and Professor in Psychiatry & Medical Genetics. Dr. Austin is a board-certified genetic counselor and their research work involves studying the impact of genetic counseling for people with bipolar disorder and psychiatric disorders, and their families. Dr. Austin heads the Translational Psychiatric Genetics Group which includes the world’s first specialist psychiatric genetic counselling service. Dr. Austin member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Dr. Austin’s work aims to make psychiatric genetics relevant to people with mental illness and their families by developing new counseling-based and biologically-based treatments.
Chapters & Timestamps
01:05 About Dr. Austin
05:43 The “Bipolar Gene”
09:05 Stressful Life Events (Triggers)
14:08 The “Bipolar Jar” (Environment vs. Genes)
18:55 Your Genetic Vulnerability to Bipolar Disorder
22:50 Preventing Bipolar Episodes (Protective Factors)
28:02 Top Protective Factors
30:23 Genetic Counselling
32:20 Genetic Testing for Bipolar Disorder
41:20 Pharmacogenomics (Genetic Testing for Medication)
46:51 A Message To Those Planning to Have Children