Mental Health Research is Stagnant. Here’s Why.

Mark Rasenick, Ph.D., University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine

Part of the problem with the science of antidepressants is a lack of specific “targets.” Essentially, a target is a biological process or area that a drug is created to address. The newer chemotherapy drugs, for instance, target specific enzymes and pathways involved in the growth of individual tumors. The more specific a target is, the better the drug is likely to work.

In psychiatry research, however, we haven’t come up with a new target in ages; we’re still chasing the same ones we were working on decades ago.

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Care for Your Mind acknowledges and appreciates the collaboration of the National Network of Depression Centers and the American Brain Coalition in developing this post.