Café Mythbusting: The neuroscience of mental health disorders
Posted On: 10-28-2019
At a café in Kolkata, a gang of PhD dropouts talks about the neuroscience of mental health with their psychiatrist-friend.
By Argha Manna
TRIGGER WARNING: This narrative discusses forms of emotional abuse, professional harassment, mental health issues and suicides. In case you need support/relief, here’s a list of resources you can go through.
Argha Manna illustrates the genetic basis for neuropsychiatric disorders and the effect of environmental factors on them! A spat on Facebook led to an interesting discussion between four friends on mental health issues. The meandering conversation covers the possible genetic basis for a heightened risk of developing a mental health disorder, ranging from mitochondrial dysfunctions to epigenetics, and how science has just scratched the surface of this sensitive and multivariable issue.
Argha Manna is an illustrator and cartoonist. He runs an online platform, ‘Drawing History of Science’, where he blends his passion for science, history and comics, to carve a unique genre.
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