How much of mental illness might be physical?

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How much of mental illness might be physical?

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This article is pretty remarkable, and opens up the idea that autoimmune effects on the brain may cause symptoms of psychosis or catatonia: https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness ... sychiatry/ I'd be interested in other people's thoughts when you have read it.
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I must confess that I haven't got round to reading this article in full yet. However for anyone interested in this topic area, I just wanted to mention that I'm aware that the effect of the immune system on mental health is a big area of interest for researchers at Cardiff University, so if anyone is interested in further reading around this then I recommend a little dig into their work. The Inflamed Mind by Edward Bulmore has also been recommended to me before, though again I must confess to not actually having got round to reading this myself :lol:
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There was also an article in the Research Digest this week about connective tissue, and how there is a relationship between physical health and neurodevelopmental conditions.
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I am struggling to find, through google, the research digest article. I would love to read this.
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The research digest is an email subscription, but that headline links to this: https://www.bps.org.uk/psychologist/connective-issues
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Thanks for sharing Miriam, it's a refreshing read. It's one of those cases which makes frustrating, perfect sense and honestly I was kind of surprised it was a new finding.

Slightly tangential, but I wonder whether having specialisms in medicine and health sometimes hinders diagnosis and treatment, and that by looking at specific areas of a whole body/system we're actually increasing the likelihood of missing connections, just like this example of autoimmune conditions impacting the brain. Equally, I can think of a few examples where clinicians in one specialism have made assumptions about what another will do, or whose remit certain tests are, etc, all leading to delays and overlooking areas. On the other hand, I can appreciate that many clinicians do use a holistic approach and are as thorough as possible, and that time pressures (especially in the NHS at present) often don't allow much room for contemplation.
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