Despite our increased understanding of their neurobiology and social determinants, the treatment of psychiatric disorders continues to be a major public health problem. A better understanding of their natural history could advance our comprehension of their etiology and inform efforts to develop more effective treatment and preventive interventions. The study of Paksarian et al1 in this issue of JAMA Psychiatry represents an important step in this direction.
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