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Posts by Former NIMH Director Thomas Insel about Treatments

Quality Counts

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The Institute of Medicine has issued a report looking at the effectiveness of psychosocial treatments for mental disorders. Dr. Insel blogs about the need to ensure that consumers needing treatment receive evidence-based therapies.

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Something Interesting is Happening

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Dr. Insel discusses how the Precision Medicine Initiative will create a new kind of patient-driven research, which is similar to how innovative companies have created a new share economy based on trust.

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Can We Prevent Psychosis?

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In his blog, Dr. Insel discusses the need for early and accurate prediction of psychosis risk and for effective preventive treatments.

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Ketamine

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Ongoing research is investigating the long-term efficacy and safety of the anesthetic drug ketamine, which studies have shown can rapidly lift depressive symptoms; Dr. Insel talks about the status of ketamine in his blog.

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AIDS: A Cautionary Tale

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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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Are Children Overmedicated?

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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

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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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A Misfortune Not a Crime

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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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Schizophrenia as a Health Disparity

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Dr. Insel blogs about what epidemiological research in Sweden tells us about premature mortality experienced by people with serious mental illness and what we need to do to change that.

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Network Solutions

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Dr. Insel talks about how NIMH’s RAISE study is exploring an integrated, multi-component approach to health care for schizophrenia.

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The Beginning of History Illusion

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Dr. Insel reflects on the state of mental health care and research 50 years after President Kennedy’s special message to congress on mental health.

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Balancing Immediate Needs with Future Innovation

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Dr. Insel responds to discussion from the National Advisory Mental Health Council concerning the need to balance research funding for basic science and mental health services.

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NIMH’s Top 10 Research Advances of 2011

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Dr. Insel shares NIMH’s Top 10 Research Advances for 2011.

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Treatment Development: Where do we go from here?

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Dr. Insel discusses opportunities for treatment development.

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Improving Diagnosis Through Precision Medicine

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Dr. Insel describes how precision medicine may put us on the path to better diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.

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A New Picture of Brain Development

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Two papers published this week in Nature provide the first maps of the molecular development of the human brain. Mapping brain development by changes in gene expression gives us a new level of precision and raises new possibilities for understanding the mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Help Wanted: Making Workplaces Work in Mental Health Care

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Dr. Insel discusses World Mental Health Day and a new approach to meeting the shortage of mental health providers.

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No Health Without Mental Health

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Dr. Insel discusses the implications of comorbidity among people with serious mental illness.

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Psychiatry: Where are we going?

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Dr. Insel discusses the promising future of psychiatry as it integrates new approaches discovered through neuroscience.

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NIMH’s Top 10 Research Events and Advances of 2010

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10 breakthroughs and events of 2010 which are changing the way we approach mental disorders.

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Wanted: A Few Good Assays

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NIMH/NIH is nurturing medications development via assays that probe new molecular targets relevant to mental disorders.

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