Brain Inflammation and Mental Health

Research from The American Journal of Psychiatry, remarks by Dr. Donahue

We know that mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression can have environmental and stress triggers. New evidence shows that inflammation plays a role.

Now the American Journal of Psychiatry in July 2005 published a study, highlighted by the American Medical Association, demonstrating that psychosis and schizophrenia are associated with brain inflammation attacking microglial cells that support our brains neuronal function. This study adds to the growing evidence that some mental health disorders may be helped by reducing sources of inflammation hidden in our bodies.

Furthermore, more sources of inflammation are being found in the gut related to microbiome imbalance and immune reactivity to specific foods. I endorse these findings clinically as the more I look the more I am finding sources of immune inflammation in my patients presenting with anxiety, depression, OCD and ADD.