Dr. Fred Moss wears his psychiatrist’s heart on his sleeve. He says that many more of us than we can imagine are only a “half an inch away” from what others would call mentally ill, including himself. But what does that really mean? There is no actual medical diagnosis for mental illness, rather a collection of symptoms that don’t fit in with societal norms, And this norm changes from region to region, country to country. One thing that remains steadfast though, is that we consider people not like us somehow less valuable. Through his choice to reform mental health care, Dr. Fred says what is actually needed is for EVERY person’s story to be heard, deeply heard. As one twist in the story, he shares that he was once homeless too and sometimes longs for those days of wild, unbridled freedom. Enjoy!




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