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Answering your mental health questions

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Let me introduce myself. My name is Charles L. Raison, M.D., although whenever anyone calls me "Charles" instead of "Chuck" I get nervous, because as a kid I was called Charles only when I was in trouble.

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Mental Health Expert Dr. Charles Raison Psychiatrist,
Emory University Medical School

Hello CNN.com readers!

I am a psychiatrist and a faculty member at Emory University in Atlanta. My career has had a number of unusual twists and turns. I started at UCLA as the director of emergency psychiatry and as the head of the service that dealt with psychiatric problems of medically ill patients in the hospital. This work got me so interested in mind-body interactions that in an impulsive moment I left California and came to Emory to become a researcher -- which is what I've done over the last decade or so.

In addition to clinical work, I spend the bulk of my time these days studying how the immune and stress system interact to make people sick and to make them depressed and what we can do about it, both with medications and through novel methods such as meditation.

We have discovered a tremendous amount about why people develop mental illnesses as well as what can be done to help people struggling with these conditions, and I am very excited to have the chance through CNNhealth to share as much of this knowledge as I can with you. In addition to helping people with questions about specific mental illnesses, I hope through answering your questions to show how modern science is proving that the best way to avoid mental illness is to become as mentally, and physically healthy, as possible.

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