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Mapping the Risk Architecture of Mental Disorders

In this blog, Dr. Insel describes the results of two new genetics studies and why they are milestones in our understanding of the genetics of autism and schizophrenia.

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AIDS: A Cautionary Tale

There are many obstacles to controlling illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, even when effective treatment is available; Dr. Insel talks about what is needed to ensure that effective health care is delivered to those who need it.

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SAMHSA and NIMH Partner to Support Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness

Dr. Insel and SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde provide an update on funding  to support evidence-based programs that address the needs of individuals with early serious mental illness across the country.

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BRAIN – Creating the Next Generation of Tools

The BRAIN Working Group unveiled an extraordinary report last week, providing a 12-year roadmap for the development of a new generation of neuroscience tools. Dr. Insel discusses how their vision provides hope for preventing and treating brain diseases and disorders.

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Are Children Overmedicated?

Despite common assumptions about why more children are being treated with medications for mental disorders, the reasons remain unclear; Dr. Insel discusses the possibilities in his blog.

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The Paradox of Parity

Recent changes in health care law are prompting consideration of how to ensure that treatments provided are evidence-based; Dr. Insel talks about the implications for mental health care.

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May is for Meetings and Mental Health

Dr. Insel talks about common themes at some major national meetings taking place during Mental Health Awareness Month in May: changes in the health insurance climate, technology in health care, and possibilities both create for “learning” health care systems.

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From Research to Practice

NIMH Director Thomas Insel and SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde detail how the two agencies are implementing evidence-based early psychosis treatment programs across the United States.

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National DNA Day

In a blog celebrating National DNA Day, NIMH Director Thomas Insel shares new insights about DNA, and emphasizes that, for mental disorders, DNA is less about simple heritability and more about complex mechanisms of risk.

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A Misfortune Not a Crime

Dr. Insel discusses a new report that compares the number of people with serious mental illness who are incarcerated vs. the number being treated in hospitals.

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