Nature vs nurture — Why biological psychiatry is so sorely misguided

Genes are not deterministic. Epigenetics explains why. This is why theories on mental illness that try to blame genes are always over-simplified. Environment and what you eat and the amount of stress or trauma one lives with all are part of the picture. Everything matters.

The genetic and biological models allows the luxury of ignoring past and present social factors, says, Gabor Mate. He calls the genetic argument a cop out.… [click on title to read more]

Why Society Drives You Mad (and not your genes so much)

Clinical psychologist and vocal critic of psychiatry Richard Bentall reveals why social inequality, racism and the built environment have a far more significant role to play in mental illness than the biomedical establishment acknowledges…

This basically breaks down the epigenetic link–that being that while genetics may have some bearing on what gets labeled mental illness, ultimately the heritability quotient has little to do with whether such distress develops because the environment is so critical…

Epigenetics

Epigenetics explains why genes are not deterministic in and of themselves. This is why theories of mental illness that try to blame genes are always over-simplified. Environment and what you eat and the amount of stress or trauma one lives with all are part of the picture.

The Ghost in your Genes: an intro to epigenetics

Epigenetics adds a whole new layer to genes beyond the DNA. It proposes a control system of ‘switches’ that turn genes on or off and suggests that things people experience, like nutrition and stress, can control these switches and cause heritable effects in humans.