Image: Credit - Jesse Jacobs from NYT September 29, 2018

Image: Credit - Jesse Jacobs from NYT September 29, 2018

Watershed moments occasionally come along in medical history when previously intractable or even deadly conditions suddenly become treatable or preventable. They are sometimes accompanied by a shift in how scientists understand the disorders in question. 

We now seem to have reached such a threshold with certain rare autoimmune diseases of the brain. Not long ago, they could be a death sentence or warrant institutionalization. Now, with aggressive treatment directed at the immune system, patients can recover. Does this group encompass a larger chunk of psychiatric disorders? No one knows the answer yet, but it’s an exciting time to watch the question play out.

Just a fascinating article by Moises Velasquez-Manoff in the New York Times September 29, 2018 about an immune system link to mental health problems. We live in exciting times!

Read the article HERE