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Brain circuitry model for mental illness will transform management, NIH mental health director says

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 01 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5581
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

The field of mental health is on the cusp of a revolution, which is set to transform the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and reverse the lack of major progress made in curbing associated ill health and death over the past 100 years, the director of the US National Institute of Mental Health, has claimed.

“We are at an extraordinary moment when the entire scientific foundation for mental health is shifting, with the 20th century discipline of psychiatry becoming the 21st century discipline of clinical neuroscience,” Thomas Insel said before a meeting on the challenges facing mental health research at the Royal Society in London on 31 August.

But those looking for magic bullets will be disappointed. “There …

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