What caused this to happen?

????????????????????????????Here is an excellent blog post by the National Institute of Mental Health Director, Dr. Insel, addressing one of the most frequently asked questions whenever someone is diagnosed with a mental illness:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/2015/what-caused-this-to-happen.shtml

There is so much guilt, shame, and blame associated with mental illness, and this article sheds a completely different light on the topic.  Until researchers figure out how to completely prevent them from happening, hopefully the associated stigma will decrease with these new insights and treatments will also continue to improve.

In the meantime, don’t give up hope or settle for sub-standard treatments. Everyone deserves a chance for happiness and health.

 

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2 thoughts on “What caused this to happen?

    • Me too, especially considering how many of my family members have been impacted by mental illness. I am a clinical researcher and hope to eventually switch my concentration solely to mental health. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the article.

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