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Science of Mental Illness

provides six lessons that help students understand what mental illnesses are. PET images show changes in the brain and how treatment can change activity levels and restore functioning. Case studies and other activities explore differences among illnesses, risk factors, and treatment plan goals. Students develop a brochure to inform people about mental illness. (National Institutes of Health)

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Interesting Fact:

Autism is a mental illness that typically affects a person's ability to communicate, form relationships with others, and respond appropriately to the environment. Autism makes some people seem closed off and shut down; others seem locked into repetitive behaviors and rigid patterns of thinking.
Supplement cover page for 'The Science of Mental Illness'

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