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Feb 24, 2007

Physical Basis of Mental Illness

title Finding More Effective Mental Illness Diagnoses and Treatments
description Dr. Robert Cancro, founder of the Mental Illness Prevention Center, discusses implications of the ongoing discoveries of biological markers of mental illnesses. Neuroimaging, physiological and genetic research is leading to tools to diagnose mental illness in early stages, and screening prior to onset. Poor audio recording quality and no video info, but worth a look.
producer unknown
featuring Dr. Robert Cancro
format Quicktime
date unknown; vlogged 07/02/07
length approx 00:08:00

Via the terrific blog Anxiety, Addiction and Depression Treatments, which is now vlogging.



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At 15:54, Blogger Sandra said...

Thanks, CJ. Very inspiring.


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