Progress hampered by symptom-based diagnosis

Progress remains limited Everything we know about mental illness, from diagnosis to treatment, begins with a symptom-based checklist. Imagine being diagnosed with cancer based on an interview examination, then being told there is no test to confirm the diagnosis nor to determine which treatment approach is optimal for you. Despite the magnitude and growing recognition of […]

Mental illness, no one is untouched

There are over 400 mental disorders —from depression to Alzheimer’s to attention deficit disorders— yet there are no biological tests to confirm a diagnosis, only subjective behavioral-based tests and, in a few cases, post-mortem confirmation through brain tissue analyses. Imagine if we could diagnose those at risk of developing a mental illness before symptoms started, if we could prevent […]