Can Neuroscience Tackle Mental Illness?

Mental illness is one of the most common, and dangerous diseases on the planet. Cognitive scientists are continually looking at ways to treat disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, substance abuse and depression, and now a WHO health official is coveting neuroscience as the answer.   While first world nations are generally advanced and forward thinking when it comes to public health care, some experts maintain that there’s a gaping void between resources devoted to traditional diseases, and resources devoted to mental health disorders. “When it comes to mental health, all countries are developing countries,” comments Shekhar Saxena, director of the World Health Organisation’s department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. He maintains that in order to bridge the gap, collaboration between mental health researchers and neuroscientists is fundamental.   WHO rallies for…


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