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Thank you Brian former Rhode Island congressman Patrick -- struggle with addiction has been very public he's talked about it.
Quite a bit from cocaine addiction as a teen to prescription drug abuse as an adult the son -- Ted Kennedy finally got help after crashing his car into a concrete barricade.
While under the influence and now Patrick who was diagnosed as bipolar.
Is -- and is teaming up with Columbia University.
With a group called gray matters which is raising funds for brain research is fascinating wants out of here.
We're glad to be joined this morning my doctor Jeffrey Lieberman who heads gray matters as the chairman of psychiatry.
At Columbia University could have here actor -- because it's -- how did you Patrick Kennedy.
We meet and get together on this.
A congressman Kennedy after successful political career publicly acknowledged his struggle lifelong with a mood disorder called bipolar disorder which was complicated -- by.
A drug use prescription drug use and alcohol and so forth and since stepping down from congress he has become probably the most prominent.
And articulate advocate for the need for funding for brain to -- to understand how the brain works and what goes wrong that leads people to.
Mental illnesses and to addictions in Colombia has been a long time.
Center for brain research.
Focusing on mental function mental illness and addiction and so he has helped us to try and raise money to support our scientists.
It you know what have you -- I guess is is that the big question here is everybody feels very familiar with other kinds of diseases and -- in a cancer and heart disease but mental illness.
Always gets treated in a separate category should it be.
You're so right Martha and -- apps we should not.
Mental illness has historically been misunderstood or neglected been given short shrift but it's basically.
A series of disorders that occur when parts of the brain malfunction -- chemically.
Or -- biologically it's all about real estate the part of your brain that affects movement goes wrong you get Parkinson's disease the part of the brain.
That affects the way that you control your breathing you have some respiratory of them got part of the brain that -- emotional regulation.
Or thinking or perception you experience depression schizophrenia.
Alzheimer's disease autism.
What about the link between these things in just using Patrick Kennedy as an example in terms of addiction.
Bipolar then there's medications that are brought and an addiction to those medications.
It how to put it altogether if -- can't -- little that.
Well first of all that and the way that.
Things get attention -- our society is -- famous people successful people.
Talk about this.
And we've seen this with parkinson's and Michael.
But we see alzheimer's disease wouldn't Ronald Reagan suffered from it becoming.
Patrick Kennedy is doing the same for mental illness and predictions now.
People develop addictions in a variety of ways some people are born with the genetic predisposition.
To when they drink.
When they take prescription drugs like painkillers or when -- expert with cocaine.
Getting caught -- other people.
Have mood disorders depression anxiety and -- in an effort to try and quell those feelings self medicate and that leads him into an addictive site.
-- is so important to -- for families to discuss these things so that children understand if they may have a propensity.
That genetic propensity towards us some of these issues -- -- -- struggle with later doctor.
Lieberman thank you very much that's -- great matters and the works got to Columbia University under direction thank you very much being here today you are.
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