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Matter over mind: physical causes of mental illness

The old argument that the roots of mental illness may lie in the body, not the mind, has been re-ignited by research

The old argument that the roots of mental illness may lie in the body, not the mind, has been re-ignited by research

Reports that British scientists are exploring a new approach to treating schizophrenia, based on evidence that it could be a disease of the immune system, are sure to re-ignite old debates about whether mental illness has physical causes. Scientists are also exploring a possible link between low levels of chronic inflammation and depression.

You may ask: ‘So what?’ Is this really important? Leaving aside the massive commercial interests involved in developing treatments for the body to address mental illness, the answer is yes – it is of relevance to all of us.

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There are some very loud voices in this area, competing for research funding that supports these inquiries into mental illness

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