"One thing primary care providers can do is help patients understand the influence of external factors. That includes understanding and communicating to patients that mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders are diseases with complex causes: social, genetic, environmental; and are not signs of weakness or personal failure. And, that like other diseases, they may require treatment from health care professionals"
-Sean M. Phelan, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Division of Health Care Policy and Research
Department of Health Sciences Research