Learning how to treat mental disorders

Learning to Treat Mental DisordersWHO

Dr. Steven E. Hyman

WHAT

Hyman, a neuroscientist and former Harvard provost, now directs the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute, which is trying to better understand and develop treatments for conditions like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, and autism.

Q. There haven’t been a lot of drugs developed recently to treat these conditions.

A. The modern era of neuropsycho pharmacology began brilliantly in the early 1950s. There has been enormous progress in making drugs safer and more tolerable. [But effectiveness has not improved substantially.] We’ve reached a fairly unsatisfactory place in the treatment of these devastating illnesses.

Full Q & A of mental disorders at The Boston Globe

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