A Mind in Danger: Scientific American

My article in the March issue of Scientific American MIND, an excerpt from A LETHAL INHERITANCE, is now on sale and online. Here’s the gist:

Signs of incipient psychosis show up early in life. Reading them is key to rescuing kids from the abyss of a serious mental illness.

In Brief:

  1. Signs of a mind in danger—including social deficits, impaired body sensations and reduced tolerance to stress—may show up anywhere from two months to 35 years before schizophrenia strikes.
  2. The prevalence of schizophrenia is 1.1 percent, but if a parent has the disorder, the child has a 10 to 12 percent increased risk and a 17.1 percent chance of developing a related personality disorder.
  3. Physical abuse, bullying by peers and ingesting cannabis can push a genetically vulnerable child toward psychosis.


Or you can just buy the book instead!? — since it’s an excerpt, then you’ll have the article and much more.

A Mind in Danger: Scientific American.

2 responses to “A Mind in Danger: Scientific American

  1. I absolutely loved your magazine article and just ordered the book. I became very interested in the science behind preventing or delaying serious mental health disorders in children a few years ago after reading about it in Time magazine. Of course, I have been concerned with this and it has framed much of my parenting as my mother has suffered from major mental illness since I was a toddler. (She was most recently diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder). I have 5 children, and I am always trying to eliminate our risks and promote resiliency in them. I also began working with a family literacy center in Chicago, with the goal of identifying parents and children at high risk for developing these problems. We teach preschoolers and their parents with an emphasis on literacy, social-emotional skills and how to promote resiliency in the family. I absolutely love it. We are working on securing funding and organizing our structure for next year so we can better fullfill these goals. I have seen that SAMHSA has some funding for this, but I cannot locate specifically where or how to apply for a grant funding this type of work. Would you have any idea of where to turn? I have had this dream of creating a preschool and adult ed/parenting center that aims to do exactly what you speak of in your article. We would also like to work with psychologists to identify families in need and to follow them through their education at the center.

    Michelle Dinneen-White

    • Thank for your comment and your projects as well as family activities to promote resilience sound terrific. You should write more about them and share! As to resources for funding, have you checked out the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health? Web is http://www.nffcmh.org There’s a lot about getting parent driven community organizations certified and funded. Good luck. Report back when you can. Best Victoria

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