Anxiety, depression and insomnia are genetically linked

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According to findings recently presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Professional Societies, insomnia and mood disorders may be facilitated through the same genetic pathways. The study examined 1,400 twin pairs; among those with anxiety or depression about a third had co-occurring insomnia, according to Philip Gehrman, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia. Commenting on the findings, Dr. Gehrman stated, “Despite the prevalence of insomnia, I’m always impressed by how few people have looked at the genetics of it.” Click here to read an article from the US News and World Report that discusses the study further.

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