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Researchers find genetic links between anxiety and depression




New research has identified for the first time hundreds of genes linking depression and anxiety, increasing understanding of both conditions and pointing the way to better treatments.

QIMR Berghofer researchers used genetic data from hundreds of thousands of people to look for genetic connections between the two mental health conditions.

Researchers have identified hundreds of genes linking depression with anxiety.Credit:Michele Mossop

Lead researcher Jackson Thorp said they identified 674 genes linked to either depression or anxiety, about three-quarters of which, 509, were associated with both disorders.

“We know that anxiety and depression are highly comorbid conditions, around three quarters of people who experience anxiety disorder…

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