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Exploring the Intersection of Mind and Medicine: The Role of Psychiatry in Mental Health

Hanley Olson*

Department of Neuroscience, Global College, Vancouver, Canada

*Corresponding Author:
Hanley Olson
Department of Neuroscience, Global College, Vancouver, Canada
E-mail: Hanley788@gmail.Com

Received: 04-Mar-2024, Manuscript No. neuroscience-24-132640; Editor assigned: 06-Mar-2024, Pre QC No. neuroscience-24-132640 (PQ); Reviewed: 20-Mar-2024, QC No. neuroscience-24-132640; Revised: 27-Mar-2024, Manuscript No. neuroscience-24-132640 (R); Published: 03-Apr-2024, DOI: 10.4172/neuroscience.8.1.008

Citation: Olson H. Exploring the Intersection of Mind and Medicine: The Role of Psychiatry in Mental Health. RRJNeuroscience.2024;8:008.

Copyright: © 2024 Olson H. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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