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When Will We Solve Mental Illness?
Posted on Nov 19 2018
The New York Times
Reports that despite billions of dollars in research funding, and thousands of journal articles, biological psychiatry has given doctors and patients little of practical value, never mind a cause or a cure. Millions of individuals who develop a disabling mental illness either recover entirely or learn to manage their distress in ways that give them back a full life. They constitute a deep reservoir of scientific data that until recently has not been tapped. To push beyond the futility of the last 40 years, scientists need to work not only from the bottom up, with genetics, but also from the top down, guided by individuals who have struggled with mental illness and come out the other side.