Mental Illness and Your Gut

The past decade has seen an increase in research examining the potential role of the microbiota-gut-brain axis in psychopathology. The microbiota-gut-brain axis involves bidirectional communication between the gut and the central nervous system. Although it is well-established that the central nervous system plays a role in the functioning of the gut, there is growing evidence that the gut also has an influence on the central nervous system. Studies using animal models have suggested that the microbiota-gut-brain axis may play a role in modulating the brain and behavior.  A new article in the journal Canadian Psychology provides an overview of the preclinical evidence for the role of the microbiota-gut-brain axis in psychopathology and discusses the potential clinical implications for how we understand and treat psychiatric disorders. Moreover, future directions for research are identified. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

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