Archives for May 2015

Genetic mutation that can affect mental health

What is MTHFR?
You many not have heard of MTHFR yet, but it is the acronym for a gene (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) that produces an essential enzyme. The acronym for the enzyme is also MTHFR. It’s worth knowing about this gene because it plays a key role with regard to many aspects of emotional and physical health.
Who Should Know About MTHFR?
This article may be of greatest interest to those who have been diagnosed with one of the mental health issues linked to having an MTHFR mutation, such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or autism. MTHFR mutations also increase the risk of several physical health problems, including but not limited to cardiovascular disease and stroke, recurrent early miscarriage, migraine with aura, osteoporosis, and some cancers. So, it’s worth knowing about this mutation even if one or more of the above conditions run in your family.
Response to Drugs
The presence of an MTHFR mutation can also alter one’s response to medications, including antidepressants and some chemotherapy drugs. Furthermore, it can increase the risk of having an adverse reaction to receiving nitrous oxide anesthesia (a common dental anesthetic). Therefore, individuals with an MTHFR mutation should speak with their physicians/dentists prior to undergoing any procedure that would require anesthesia.
Read the entire article at Psychology Today.

Memorial Day closings

There will be NO Buckhead Family support group on May 24 due to Memorial Day.
There will also be NO Educational meeting May 25.
Remember to register for our 3rd Annual Mental Health Fair June 13!