In the December 2020 issue, discover our special feature called "Mental Health: New Approaches ?". Inserm’s magazine illustrates discoveries, debates and issues from the ever-evolving field of biomedical research.
The subject of mental illness is all too often considered taboo. We struggle to acknowledge them as commonplace disorders that can affect us and our loved ones, and we struggle to take action when needed. It is difficult, then, to associate the private torments of our intimate psyche with more general disorders, which could have an environmental or biological origin and could be studied on a human group scale. Nowadays, the challenge facing biomedical research is to elucidate these links – not just to provide better care but also to shatter the stereotypes that stand in the way of that care. Because, no, it is not just in our heads.