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Thomas Insel: Toward a new understanding of mental illness

FILMED JAN 2013 • POSTED APR 2013 • TEDxCaltech

TED presents Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Thanks to better early detection, there are 63% fewer deaths from heart disease than there were just a few decades ago. Insel 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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