Today on Betsy Wurzwl’s show, we welcome Dr. Steven Lesk, a distinguished Board-Certified Psychiatrist with nearly four decades of experience. Throughout his career, he has treated a multitude of adult patients, conducted extensive research, authored numerous articles, and served as a mentor to aspiring students. Notably, Dr. Lesk held the position of chairman in the Department of Inpatient Psychiatric Services at the Brooklyn VA Hospital and served as an Assistant Professor at the affiliated medical school.

Dr. Lesk is also the esteemed author of “Footprints of Schizophrenia: The Evolutionary Roots of Mental Illness.” In this captivating interview, Dr. Lesk sheds light on the motivations behind his book, delves into the causes of schizophrenia, explores the concept of “primitive organization theory,” elucidates the role of psychiatrists, and examines the varying effects of medication on individuals. Additionally, he addresses the prevalence of schizophrenia, the experiences of individuals and families affected by the condition in America, and the intriguing link between dopamine processing and evolution.

Furthermore, Dr. Lesk shares his belief that in the future, mental illnesses as we currently understand them may cease to exist, projecting a hopeful vision for mental health care. The conversation also touches on the stigma surrounding schizophrenia, other pertinent mental health issues, and the imperative need for open discussions on mental health care. For further insights into Dr. Steven Lesk and his book, visit the website for a wealth of intriguing information.

Presenting an interview with Betsy Wurzel and Dr. Lesk discussing the intricacies of schizophrenia: Click here to listen…

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