NIMH’s Insel: Mental Health Symptoms Alone Rarely Indicate Best Choice Of Treatment

On its website, CBS News (9/22, Firger, Augenbraun) reported on the experiences of mothers whose children have severe mental illnesses. One of the mothers interviewed believes that “the mental health care system must move away from a symptom-based approach to treating mental illness often results in a wrong diagnosis or a succession of inadequate treatment efforts,” which is a “view…shared by Dr. Tom Insel, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), who explains that ‘symptoms alone rarely indicate the best choice of treatment.’”

In his blog on NIMH’s website, Dr. Insel wrote that the healthcare “system must get better at diagnosing and treating mental illness based on the latest research into its underlying biological causes.”

Related Links:

— ““Every mom’s worst nightmare”: Coping with a child’s mental illness,” Jessica Firger and Eliene Augenbraun, CBS News, September 22, 2014.

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