“What goes on in our head is not separate from the rest of our physiology!”

“Many mental illnesses are known to be triggered by the interaction between genetic factors and environmental risk factors,” points out Professor Marion Leboyer. SYSPEO/SIPA

MAINTENANCE – Pr Marion Leboyer, psychiatrist, Inserm researcher and general director of the FondaMental Foundation, recalls that psychiatric diseases are “diseases like any other”.

LE FIGARO. – Is every psychiatric illness accompanied by biological factors?

Pr Marion Leboyer. – These are diseases like any other! All diseases have a clinical translation. In psychiatry, it is behavioral, but not only. For example, bipolar patients have twice the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which predisposes to cardiovascular disease. A whole series of endocrine, immuno-inflammatory and cerebral disturbances explain the triggering of psychiatric pathologies.

But this idea of ​​disease that would be “in the head” continues…

It is a false representation, probably inherited from Descartes, to consider that what happens in our head would be separate from the rest of physiology. We are one individual. For example, what happens in our brain may reflect interactions with the gut. We also know that many mental illnesses are triggered by the interaction of factors…

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