ImmunopsychiatryA Clinician's Introduction to the Immune Basis of Mental Disorders

ImmunopsychiatryA Clinician's Introduction to the Immune Basis of Mental Disorders

Antonio L. Teixeira and Moises E. Bauer

Print publication date: Dec 2018

ISBN: 9780190884468

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

In recent years, great attention has been devoted to the understanding of the immune dysfunction that is associated with major psychiatric disorders. In the context of the reconceptualization of the immune system as a homeostatic system, immune cells, molecules and mechanisms are highly promising as new diagnostic and therapeutic targets to reduce the burden of mental/psychiatric disorders. In this regard, immune cells, molecules and mechanisms are highly promising. The literature on immunology of psychiatric disorders is still disperse, and only very few attempts have been done so far to consolidate the current knowledge in this expanding and exciting area. Each chapter will present the available data on the immune/inflammatory dysfunction in psychiatric disorders, indicating the potential use of novel immunological biomarkers or therapeutic targets, as well as discussing the challenges ahead to incorporate this knowledge into the clinical practice.