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Why are mental illnesses considered as brain diseases?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Mental illness
Historically mental diseases were thought to be manifestations of psychological imbalance.
Over the last 30+ years it has become clear that the underlying cause of most mental disorders is related to chemical imbalances in the brain.

In brief: Mental illness
Historically mental diseases were thought to be manifestations of psychological imbalance.
Over the last 30+ years it has become clear that the underlying cause of most mental disorders is related to chemical imbalances in the brain.
Dr. James Goodrich
Dr. James Goodrich
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Dr. PERRY ZUCKERMAN
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Brain is in the body
It shows that we have learned that mental illnesses are medical diseases just like diabetes or high blood pressure for example.
For mental illness, part of the body that is diseased is the brain. Also, we can give medicines which affect brain chemistry and improve the illness, so the brain must be involved.

In brief: Brain is in the body
It shows that we have learned that mental illnesses are medical diseases just like diabetes or high blood pressure for example.
For mental illness, part of the body that is diseased is the brain. Also, we can give medicines which affect brain chemistry and improve the illness, so the brain must be involved.
Dr. PERRY ZUCKERMAN
Dr. PERRY ZUCKERMAN
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Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: MI
Psychiatric symptoms are a direct manifestation of brain or mind dysfunction.

In brief: MI
Psychiatric symptoms are a direct manifestation of brain or mind dysfunction.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Dr. Ravi Chand
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Dr. Idan Sharon
Neurology
In brief: Mental illness
We believe many of the psychiatric disturbances are correlated to the disruptions in the frontal parts of the cerebrum. This may be the answer.

In brief: Mental illness
We believe many of the psychiatric disturbances are correlated to the disruptions in the frontal parts of the cerebrum. This may be the answer.
Dr. Idan Sharon
Dr. Idan Sharon
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In brief: Education
The more we learn about our diagnostic tools, the more often we find both metabolic and anatomic changes with patients who suffer classical psychiatric disorders.
These do affect brain chemistry, and function, and drugs that help mental illnesses do influence brain function, so maybe psychiatry and neurology are coming very close.

In brief: Education
The more we learn about our diagnostic tools, the more often we find both metabolic and anatomic changes with patients who suffer classical psychiatric disorders.
These do affect brain chemistry, and function, and drugs that help mental illnesses do influence brain function, so maybe psychiatry and neurology are coming very close.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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