The Genetics of Mental Illness: Fact or Fiction?

Could clinical depression be genetic? Or what about schizophrenia? Why does it matter? If there are indeed genes for some or many “mental illnesses” then lifelong medication with the accompanying side effects would seem inevitable. But even though the notion of genes for mental illnesses are readily (and uncritically) accepted by some well-known Christian authors, it does not stand up to rigorous scientific scrutiny. Dr Jay Joseph’s book “The Gene Illusion: Genetic research in psychiatry and psychology under the microscope”, for example, makes this abundantly clear. This message discusses how schizophrenia, for example, cannot be “genetic”. Since “mental illness” itself is an invention of the modern era, this message also looks at the “politics” of psychiatric diagnoses, prescription “tunnel vision” and the shifting names of diagnoses to increase market share for pharmaceutical companies and psychiatry. In particular, we note (according to psychiatrists) how women who allowed personal abuse and violence were diagnosed with “masochistic personality disorder”. This message is an excerpt from a teaching seminar. A more detailed treatment of this topic can be found in Dr Mulitze’s book, “Pills for the Soul?“.

The Genetics of Mental Illness: Fact or Fiction? Dieter K Mulitze, PhD

Author: Dieter K Mulitze, PhD, Author and Speaker

Dieter has written three books on the ministry of transforming and healing prayer. One of Dieter’s main roles in this ministry is teaching the seminar series and speaking at conferences. Dieter’s three books serve to articulate and strengthen the theology and practice of the ministry of transforming prayer for the whole person. Dieter graduated from the U. of Guelph (BSc) and holds a PhD in quantitative genetics from the U. of Saskatchewan. Dieter was an associate professor with the University of Nebraska, and has co-authored scientific papers in several professional journals. He is a graduate of Regent College, Vancouver, B.C., with the Master of Christian Studies (MCS) degree, concentrating in spiritual theology. Dieter has served as an elder in a number of churches. Dieter is bi-vocational, serving as the Chief Scientific Officer for Agronomix Software, a software development company which develops, distributes and supports a software application for plant breeders and agronomists worldwide. With his experience in the corporate world, Dieter has also taught on the theology of work. Dieter is no stranger to international travel – having lived in Syria and Morocco for a total of 6 years and travelling to over 50 countries worldwide for business or ministry. Dieter and his wife Ellen live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They have one daughter, Karissa, who lives in France with her husband and children.

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