Diseases and Disorders

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Men with ADHD are often diagnosed in their childhood, but for girls a diagnosis may not occur until well into adulthood.
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Your selections: Diseases and Disorders
Information on how the brain works, how mental illnesses are disorders of the brain, and ongoing research that helps us better understand and treat disorders.
  • National Institute of Mental Health
What's going on inside the teenage brain? This Frontline television special explores how science may unlock answers to that question.
  • PBS
Learn about the brain through articles, maps, activities, and more, with this resource for teachers and students.
  • The Dana Foundation
In this three-part lesson by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, students learn about the study of human behavior and the importance of understanding mental health.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
This booklet describes the symptoms of anxiety disorders, explains the role of research in understanding the causes of these conditions, describes effective treatments, and suggests ways to make treatment more effective.
  • National Institute of Mental Health
Teaching packets for teachers, aimed at secondary school students. Learn how the brain's reward center works, and what happens in the brain when a person uses cocaine, opiates (heroin), or marijuana.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
Although scientists have made great strides in understanding Alzheimer’s disease, no treatment has been approved for halting or reversing the condition. Meanwhile, the need is becoming more urgent, as populations in the world’s developed nations grow older and live longer.
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The changes taking place in the adolescent brain lead to increased vulnerability to drug abuse and may also contribute to the emergence of psychiatric disorders.
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For many poorly understood mental disorders, such as schizophrenia or autism, scientists often wish they could turn back the clock to uncover what has gone wrong in the brains of these patients, and how to right it before much brain damage ensues. But now, thanks to recent developments in the lab, that wish is coming true.
  • The Kavli Foundation
A classic film noir about love, addiction, and dopamine. Learn how drugs affect the brain in a dramatic black and white tale.
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Only physical trauma can create a hole in your brain.
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There has been no conclusive, scientific evidence that any part of a vaccine causes autism.
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3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.