Toward a new understanding of mental illness…

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Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health

Today, thanks to better early detection, there are 63% fewer deaths from heart disease than there were just a few decades ago. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, wonders could we do the same for depression and schizophrenia?

The first step in this new avenue of research, he says, is a crucial reframing – for us to stop thinking about “mental disorders” and start understanding them as “brain disorders.”

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