Each year, approximately 61.5 million Americans are afflicted by a mental illness. Although we have not yet determined the underlying cause of these disorders, scientists believe that genetic mutations play a major role. Human genetic testing has identified multiple “risk genes” that are associated with major psychiatric disorders, but little is known about how mutations in the same risk gene can contribute to different disorders.Read More
This week on Brains and Bourbon, science journalist Greg Miller talks about the psychological cost of drone warfare, DIY brain stimulation, science journalism, and a lot more!
Greg Miller spent 11 years as a reporter for Science magazine and is now a senior writer at WIRED magazine.
You can find Greg's article on the psychological impact of drone warfare here: Drone Wars
You can also find Greg's series on treating mental illness in developing countries here: The Unseen: Mental Illness's Global Toll
And you can read his article about DIY brain stimulation here: Inside the Strange New World of DIY Brain Stimulation.
The hidden epidemic of despair among young scientists and what some institutions are doing to address it
This piece is part of a series on graduate student mental health coinciding with the Berkeley Science Review’s article on the same subject.Read More