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Thomas Insel:
Toward a new understanding of mental illness

TEDxCaltech · 13:03 · Filmed Jan 2013
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Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness
13:03 · Filmed January 2013 at TEDxCaltech · Subtitles available in 30 languages

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.)

Neuroscientist and psychiatrist
The Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Thomas Insel supports research that will help us understand, treat and even prevent mental disorders. Full bio
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