Are Drugs Effective in Treating Mental Illness?

In a recent interview, Dr. Steven Hyman, director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute, discussed his theories on why disorders such as schizophrenia and depression are difficult to treat with drugs. According to Dr. Hyman, there is no good animal substitute that can be used for testing drugs that may affect brain disorders. That is, rats and guinea pigs simply cannot simulate the problems in the brain that someone with bipolar disorder or autism experiences. Dr. Hyman believes that studying genetics and how and why mental disorders occur in families may pave the way to a better understanding of how drugs can help alleviate and control symptoms of mental illness.


Read the entire article here: Steven Hyman Talks Drug Treatments for Mental Disorders

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