Interesting blog post by Dr. Thomas Insel on what is meant by the term serious mental illness (SMI) and the increasing research focus on SMI by the National Institute of Mental Health - the focus is broader than you might think!
- From the blog post:
For the past few years, we at NIMH have been increasingly focusing our research on serious mental illness (SMI). You can see the term SMI in recent blogs as well as in publications from NIMH. But what does “SMI” really mean? If we call some illnesses “serious,” does that mean that others are not? And if some mental illnesses are not classified as serious, does that mean they aren’t significant? Does everyone with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have SMI? What about anorexia nervosa or borderline personality or PTSD – do these qualify as SMI? Should we focus our efforts on the best science that will reduce the tremendous morbidity and mortality associated with all mental illnesses or should we limit ourselves to those causing the most disability? To answer these questions, a little history might help.
- Continue reading on Dr. Insel's blog.