“Neuroticism, a personality trait related to depression, anxiety and even heart disease, can be linked to nine new distinct gene-associations according to international research”
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“…neuroticism as it is the personality trait most closely associated with mental illness and physical health problems.
People who have high neuroticism levels tend toward depression and anxiety. They also tend to have worse physical health, with links to conditions such as obesity and heart disease…the findings potentially indicate the involvement of molecules linking neuroticism with mental illness.
One has an important role in managing the body’s response to stress, while another influences the function of glutamate – an important brain chemical involved in a range of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, depression and suicide.
“this research confirms at a molecular level what epidemiological research has clearly shown to those who are not blinded by prejudice; to understand the origins of psychological traits, the most human of all our characteristics…”