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(Solved): Kellie is an 18-year old woman whose mother, Sharon, suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disor ...
Kellie is an 18-year old woman whose mother, Sharon, suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Sharon's day is so overrun by repetitious rituals, such as locking and unlocking the front door, that she rarely leaves the house. Kellie has not yet developed any OCD tendencies. However, when Kellie learns that research has uncovered a link between genetic variations in the SLC1A1 gene on chromosome 9 and OCD, she questions whether she will develop the disorder later in life. Kellie goes to her doctor, Dr. Simpson, to ask about the possibility of genetic testing for the SLC1A1 gene variant. Although Dr. Simpson has access to the technology required for the testing, he has some concerns. He knows that most psychiatric disorders are triggered by both environmental and genetic factors. Any single gene is only partially responsible for causing OCD. Therefore, Dr. Simpson worries that if Kellie learns that she carries the predisposing variant of SLC1A1, the stress of this information will cause OCD to develop when it otherwise may not in the absence of an environmental trigger. What are your thoughts on this? Should the doctor continue with the testing?