Presenter Information

Myrissa N. GroseFollow

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Keywords

Relationship, Mental Health, Immune Health

Biography

My name is Myrissa Grose and I am a senior at Marshall University. I will be completing my undergrad with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and will go on to pursue graduate school, specifically in school psychology. I work for the Office of Recruitment for Marshall University, giving daily tours of the campus and special recruitment events. I also assist with other office of recruitment events and office activities outside of giving tours. My hometown is not only home to me, but the New River Gorge, in Fayette County WV, therefore I spend spare time outdoors as much as possible.

Major

Psychology

Advisor for this project

Penny Koontz, Psy.D.

Start Date

20-4-2017 2:00 PM

End Date

20-4-2017 3:00 PM

Abstract

Relationship Between Chronic Mental Health Symptoms and Immune Health

This literature review examines the relationship between immune health and mental health symptoms. More specifically, this review examines whether certain mental health disorders, chronic physical disorders, and auto immune disorders tend to co-occur. The author predicts that the current research will show that several mental illnesses are associated with poor immune health. The literature reveals that chronic medical disorders, such as coronary heart disease and diabetes have a high correlation with mental health disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. People with depression or schizophrenia are at higher risk to be diagnosed with heart disease or depression. Research suggests that in the process of fighting infection, our immune system releases cells that flood the blood stream with proteins and these proteins lead to high inflammatory responses. Studies indicate that individuals have varying levels of these proteins, and that having a higher level suggests a higher risk for developing chronic mental or physical illness. Other research suggests that those who have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or who have been exposed to traumatic stressors are at higher risk for developing gastrointestinal disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, musculoskeletal disorders and many other disorders. Research also the findings suggests that anti-inflammatory drugs used in conjunction with anti-psychotic treatments could be more effective in reducing symptoms of psychosis. Knowledge of this association would allow treatments to be tailored to the patient, based on whether immune deficiencies are present, in addition to the mental illness. Future research should focus on longitudinal studies and utilizing control groups in the studies.

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Relationship Between Chronic Mental and Immune Health

Relationship Between Chronic Mental Health Symptoms and Immune Health

This literature review examines the relationship between immune health and mental health symptoms. More specifically, this review examines whether certain mental health disorders, chronic physical disorders, and auto immune disorders tend to co-occur. The author predicts that the current research will show that several mental illnesses are associated with poor immune health. The literature reveals that chronic medical disorders, such as coronary heart disease and diabetes have a high correlation with mental health disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. People with depression or schizophrenia are at higher risk to be diagnosed with heart disease or depression. Research suggests that in the process of fighting infection, our immune system releases cells that flood the blood stream with proteins and these proteins lead to high inflammatory responses. Studies indicate that individuals have varying levels of these proteins, and that having a higher level suggests a higher risk for developing chronic mental or physical illness. Other research suggests that those who have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or who have been exposed to traumatic stressors are at higher risk for developing gastrointestinal disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, musculoskeletal disorders and many other disorders. Research also the findings suggests that anti-inflammatory drugs used in conjunction with anti-psychotic treatments could be more effective in reducing symptoms of psychosis. Knowledge of this association would allow treatments to be tailored to the patient, based on whether immune deficiencies are present, in addition to the mental illness. Future research should focus on longitudinal studies and utilizing control groups in the studies.