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Personal Accounts: Mental Disorders: Pathways to Hope . . . ?
Jay Neugeboren
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.6401001
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Mr. Neugeboren (e-mail: jneug@earthlink.net) is the author of 21 books, including two prize-winning books about mental illness, Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness, and Survival, and Transforming Madness: New Lives for People Living With Mental Illness. He serves on many boards, including the New York City Metro chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pathways to Housing, and the Columbia University Center for the Prevention of Homelessness. Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H., is editor of this column.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association

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On the front page of the New York Times ran the headline “5 Disorders Share Genetic Risk Factors, Study Finds” (1), and I thought, as I have many times during the past 50 years, “Here we go again!” Because 50 years ago, when my mother, father, and I would return from visiting my brother, Robert, then an inpatient of Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, a state mental hospital that housed several thousand patients, my mother would invariably cry out, again and again: “It’s all chemical! You’ll see—some day they’ll discover it’s all chemical!”

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Kolata  G:  5 disorders share genetic risk factors, study finds.  New York Times , Feb 28, 2013
 
Friedman  M:  America’s mental health system needs improvement, but gains of the past give hope for the future. Huffington Post, March 18, 2013. Available at www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-friedman-lmsw/mental-health-system_b_2848382.html?utm_hp_ref=health-news&ir=Health%20News
 
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