By John Campo

May 31, 2017

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The human brain is a wonder. Through folds of tissue and pulses of

electricity, it lets us perceive, attempt to understand, and shape the world

around us. As science rapidly charts the brain's complex structures, new

discoveries are revealing the biology of how the mind functions and fails.

Given the centrality of the brain to human health, its malfunctions should

be a priority, separated from stigma and treated on par with the diseases of

the body. We aren't there yet, but the transformation is underway.




Mental disorders affect nearly 20 percent of American adults; nearly 4

percent are severely impaired and classified as having serious mental

illness. These disorders are often associated with chronic physical

illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. They also increase the risk of

physical injury and death through accidents, violence, and suicide.