David Kessler–once the Commissioner of the F.D.A., later the Dean of Yale’s School of Medicine, and eventually Dean and Vice-Chancellor at UCSF’s prestigious Medical School–published a book called Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering. A bestseller, the book makes the case that all mental illness–everything from addiction to depression to artistic obsessions–can be explained by an underlying mechanism. That mechanism, the key to treating mental illness, is known as “Capture.”
To get a brief introduction to Kessler’s unified theory of mental illness, watch the animated primer above. It comes courtesy of The Atlantic. Get more background on Kessler’s book by reading this review in The New York Times.
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