Wednesday, April 17, 2013

TED: Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness - Thomas Insel (2013)

TED: Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness - Thomas Insel (2013): 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.” (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)