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Etiology of Mental Health Problems

Mental health discussions, both conceptual and practical, frequently involve as important considerations the issue of whether problems originate from environmental as opposed to genetic causes. A good general starting position is that they also certainly invariably involve both (see, for example, Genes, Brains, and Behavior), but the details, balance, and therapeutic implications are different in each case. The following links are intended both to promote general discussion and to allow further exploration of particular cases.

Human Development

The following are reviews written by students at Bryn Mawr College:

Considerations of Individuality in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism

Neurobiological Perspectives on Autism

Serotonin & Depression

Exploring Multiple Personality Disorder

Theories of Aggression

Autism and its Connection with the Neurotransmitter Serotonin

Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa

Tourette Syndrome

Sense of Self: Schizophrenia and I

It's All In Your Head

Change in View: Schizophrenia Moves From Psychology to Biology

Biological Theories of Manic-Depression

Bipolar Disorder

Biochemical Correlates of Anorexia and Bulimia

What is Clinical Depression?

Addiction and the Brain

Back to Mental Health Project.

These resources lists are being compiled by Christine Tubiak, working with Paul Grobstein, Department of Biology, and James Martin, School of Social Work and Social Research, at Bryn Mawr College. Suggestions for additions to the list are welcome, as are more general thoughts about how to most effectively make available information, and promote conversation, about issues of mental health. Contact - -