Demonstrating the value of genetic testing in psychiatry is a tricky proposition. The latest case in point is the debate over whether determining variations in the gene coding for the serotonin transporter pump (5-HTTLPR) is useful for predicting future risk for depression.
Alcoholism and anxiety go hand in hand. The extent of this comorbidity is clear from the numbers: as many as 45% of patients with alcohol disorders meet diagnostic criteria for a co-occurring anxiety disorder.
Editor-in-Chief:Steve Balt, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay area.
Ronald C. Albucher, MD, is the director of counseling and psychological services and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.
Richard Gardiner, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice in Potter Valley, CA.
Alan D. Lyman, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in private practice in New York City, NY.
James Megna, MD, PhD, is the director of inpatient psychiatry and an associate professor of psychiatry and medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.
Robert L. Mick, MD, is a contract physician in addiction medicine and military psychiatry in Bloomfield, NY.
Michael Posternak, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice in Boston, MA.
Glen Spielmans, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychology at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN.
Marcia L. Zuckerman, MD is director of Psychiatric Services at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA.
All editorial content is peer reviewed by the editorial board. Dr. Albucher, Dr. Gardiner, Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Lyman, Dr. Megna, Dr. Mick, Dr. Posternak, Dr. Spielmans and Dr. Zuckerman have disclosed that they have no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity. Dr. Balt discloses that his spouse is employed as a sales representative for Otsuka America, Inc.