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Are You in a Bad Mood?

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In this video, Marin Veldic, M.D., psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic, discusses the role of epigenetics in mood disorders.This is one of the fastest growing fields of psychiatry. By comparing the blood of patients with bipolar disorder to those of normal patients, they can see epigenetic changes that may be causing depression and mood swings. Things like alcohol, smoking and eating binges can adversely affect your epigenetics and cause genes to activate that cause a bipolar condition.

Epigenetic influences on our Moods

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Epigenetics can play a role in how strong we feel about something. It controls not only which genes are activated but by how much they are activated. It can create too much of a good thing in our genes and lead to mood disorders. Johns Hopkins Epigenetics Center is investigating epigenetic variations that might play a role in stress, depression, and bipolar disorder. These new studies may lead to better understanding of mood swings, depression and the effects of stress on humans.

Epigenetics is a switch that turns ON/OFF our genes but it is also a dimmer that controls how much ON/OFF is present. This makes tracking epigenetics much more difficult.