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Is mental illness contagious?

Gail M. Saltz, MD
Psychiatry
Mental illness is definitely not contagious. In this video, psychiatrist Gail Saltz, MD, explains that a genetic predisposition and environmental factors may contribute to some types of mental illness, but that the main causes are still unknown.

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