This article explores exciting research from Amit Etkin’s lab at Stanford that has found three brain structures with diminished volume of grey matter in subjects with mental illness compared to healthy controls. The structures affected are the left and right anterior insula and the dorsal anterior cingulate, these areas are components of a network involved in executive function that we work with here at Advanced Therapy Center.

The author of the article at at PLOS, Daniel Lende, explores the question of whether this difference is biological, or if perhaps it is the result of how society interacts with individuals with mental illness.

Read full article at: http://blogs.plos.org/neuroanthropology/2015/02/06/common-brain-mechanisms-mental-illness/