In this medical health video Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, discusses the Three P's" of treatment: Prediction, Prevention, and Personalization.
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What are the three P's of treatment? Well, for us, it's not really any just illness, that's mental illness major than any other medical illness. We don't think of this as just like other medical illnesses. We are talking about three P's. The three P's are Prediction, Prevention, and Personalization. So, prediction is being able to understand who is at risk before they develop a full mental illness. If you have heart disease, then you usually get in the depression. Being able to preempt illness like being involved in the a full grown mental disease, don't have a psychotic break, just like most people with the disease first started to mitigate their performance. And then it's so important to figure out how to personalize, how do we individualize treatment so that whatever treatment is selected, we know that is active and safe for that individual. There are plenty of scientist getting into it. We are doing it now, and we hope to be able to deliver that fairly soon. People will know before they go along with antidepressant, which is something they should be seeing, prevent them from developing side effects. It's safer for medication, or even safer to think about who should get medication and who should get some form of psycho therapy. We need to be able to personalize treatment so that we can say, for you this is what we hope best.

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