Mental Illness is a Brain Disease

Mental illness is not a choice.

Mental illness is not something a person can just snap out of

Mental illness is not something someone can recover from if they just try harder

Mental illness in kids cannot be fixed by putting your foot down or laying down the law

Mental illness is not caused by bullying, though being bullied can trigger depression and anxiety

Mental illness is not caused by having Satan in the brain

Mental illness is not cured by going to church

Mental illness is a physiological illness.

Mental illness is biological.

Mental illness can be seen on MRIs and PET scans

Scientists believe mental illness is caused by problems with communication between neurons in the brain

Scientists understand that mental illnesses are associated with changes in neurochemicals.

Scientists have studied changes in the brain associated with depressive disorders. PET scans show that brain activity in certain areas is significantly decreased in people with depression.

According to Dr. Charles Nemeroff, widely published professor and chairman of psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine “In the past two decades, we have learned much about the causes of depression. We now know from brain imaging studies that depression, like Parkinson’s disease and stroke, is a brain disease.

Dr. Thomas Insel, recent director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says “Mental disorders are biological disorders involving the brain.”

Psychiatrist and Nobel laureate Dr. Eric Kandel says “All mental processes are brain processes, and therefore all disorders of mental functioning are biological diseases.

Mental illness is physiological. It’s biological. Mental illness is brain illness. There is nothing to be ashamed of. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. People struggling with mental illness deserve the same compassion as people struggling with any other disease.

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