Professor and Director of the Depression Grand Challenge, Nelson Freimer Discusses A Common Mental Health Myth

August 21, 2016
Annie Powell, 35, and her children, Cameron, 5, Emily, 8, and Jacob, 5, at their home on May 7, 2016 in Sterling, Va.
Annie Powell, 35, and her children, Cameron, 5, Emily, 8, and Jacob, 5, at their home on May 7, 2016 in Sterling, Va.
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Nelson Freimer, M.D., psychiatry professor at UCLA, and director of the Depression Grand Challenge, debunks a common mental health myth. Many people assume that it is possible to ‘snap out of’ mental health problems; however, Freimer ensures that “you can’t just magically think your way out of a mental illness, whether it’s mild or severe”. This myth is damaging because many uncontrollable factors contribute to mental illness such as: genetics, chemical imbalances in the brain, abuse, and hormonal changes.

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