This February 8, 2018 article found on the NPR website in the section called “The Two-way breaking news” talks about a study done that seems to show indications that Autism, Schizophrenia, and Bi-polar Disorder share some commonalities on a molecular level. The article also mentions Major Depression, and Addiction Disorder as also being looked at in this study. They are hoping that this study will lead to better, more effective treatments for people with mental illnesses. They compared brain samples from people known to have a mental illness to samples from people who did not have a mental illness the samples were all taken postmortem so no living people were included in the study, but for me, this study gives me hope that not only will science continue to find more measurable evidence that mental illness is indeed real to show those who claim that mental illness it not real. Beyond that though it gives me hope that better treatments that are more precise in targeting the underlying problem will be developed and that perhaps in 50 years (preferably less than that) from now people will have access to those treatments and some will look back and recognize the work that scientists did today and in previous decades as having helped to lay the groundwork that gave them better, safer, and more effective treatments. On the other hand though 50 years from now, people will likely view today’s treatments as somewhat barbaric, because that’s how history works.
This December 29, 2014 NBC News article raises the question of whether or not words can hurt.
This February 4, 2015 article on the Centre Daily Times website talks about President Lincoln’s struggle with what is now called Bipolar Disorder, and the responses both Lincoln and those around him had to his illness.