July 21

Extreme Biology

Sunday’s Big Idea

Mental Health

In today's lesson, Kas Thomas points to a study, which is one among many of its kind, that concludes that "depression is a heritable trait that exists on a continuum of varying severity and duration."

The problem, however, is that the study and others like it, fails to show that conclusion. In fact, there is, as yet, no known gene for anything psychiatric, Thomas points out. And moreover, all indications are that none will be found.

 

  1. 1 Mental Illness: It's Not in Your ...
  2. 2 Debunking Common Brain Myths
  3. 3 The Moving Goalposts of Mental Il...
  4. 4 Our Prison System Is Our De Facto...
   
  1. Mental Illness: It's Not in Your Genes

    Mental Illness: It's Not in Your Genes

    Many neuropsychiatric ailments that are assumed to have a major genetic component don't seem to have one.

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  2. Debunking Common Brain Myths

    Debunking Common Brain Myths

    Sam Wang discusses his book, ‘Welcome to Your Brain.’

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  3. The Moving Goalposts of Mental Illness

    The Moving Goalposts of Mental Illness

    The latest edition of the manual psychiatrists use to assess patients has gone through a major and controversial set of changes. 

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  4. Our Prison System Is Our De Facto Mental Health Care System

    Our Prison System Is Our De Facto Mental Health Care System

    Estimates are that a third of the prison population has mental illness. 

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