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[Perspectives] In search of lost time

How does it feel to lose your mind? It would seem that I, Barbara Lipska, would be eminently qualified to answer this question. I’ve been a neuroscientist for over 30 years, first in my native Poland, and, since 1989, at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in the USA, where I study mental disorders, especially schizophrenia. Yet I didn’t understand mental illness all that much—until it happened to me.