Jonathan Metzl

Big Think Interview With Jonathan Metzl
Big Think
Apr 23, 2012

A Look At The Narrow Point Of Intersection Between Mental Health And Gun Violence
February 28, 2018

psychiatric diagnosis is itself not a predictive science. In other words, there’s nothing in psychiatric diagnosis that’s going to tell you how somebody is going to act in one week or one year.


All behavior serves a purpose. It just may be that we don’t understand …

When mental illness enters the family
Dr. Lloyd Sederer
TEDx Talks
Jan 6, 2015

Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D., is Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the nation’s largest state mental health system.

All behavior serves a purpose. It just may be that we don’t understand what that purpose is.

leverage: in all families, it’s a two-way street. You give and you get, and you get by giving. So I ask families: “What support are you providing your family member?”

Psychosis: Bending Reality to See Around the Corners

Psychosis: Bending Reality to See Around the Corners
Paul Fletcher | TEDxCambridgeUniversity
Dec 2, 2016

Psychosis is a highly misunderstood condition.
In this talk, Paul illustrates the condition’s complexity, taking apart how our brains perceive reality by reinventing illusions around us.
If perception is just a form of controlled hallucination, what does that make hallucination?

Bayesian inference


The Anatomy of Violence

Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological
April 30, 2013

On reconciling the victim part of him with the criminologist part of him
“I’m a Jekyll and Hyde. So there’s a Dr. Jekyll inside of me that’s done the research, seen these risk factors, done longitudinal studies, documented these early risk factors beyond the individual’s control that moves them into a criminal way of life, and that Dr. Jekyll is saying, ‘You know, you can’t ignore this. You can’t turn a blind eye to the biology of violence and the social factors, too.’ But there’s a Mr. Hyde inside of me ranting and raving and saying, ‘Look, I don’t want sob stories. I don’t want excuses. There’s a cause for all behavior. We can always find a cause for behavior. … It comes from the brain: So what? We found the cause. OK, great.’