By John Campo
May 31, 2017
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.