Mental health consequences of stress and trauma: allostatic load markers for practice and policy with a focus on Indigenous health

Berger, Maximus, Juster, Robert-Paul, and Sarnyai, Zoltán (2015) Mental health consequences of stress and trauma: allostatic load markers for practice and policy with a focus on Indigenous health. Australasian Psychiatry, 23 (6). pp. 644-649.

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Abstract

Objective: Mental health, well-being, and social life are intimately related as is evident from the higher incidence of psychiatric illness in individuals exposed to social stress and adversity. Several biological pathways linking social adversity to health outcomes are heavily investigated in the aims of facilitating early identification and prevention of adverse health outcomes. We provide a practice-orientated overview of the allostatic load model and how it relates to metabolic and cardiovascular comorbidity in psychiatric disorders.

Conclusions: Allostatic load brings together a set of neuroendocrine, metabolic, immune and cardiovascular biomarkers that are elevated in individuals with adverse early life experiences and are predictive of cardiovascular and metabolic risk in psychiatric illness of critical importance for Indigenous Australians.

Item ID: 40915
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: chronic stress, allostatic load, Indigenous peoples, biomarkers
ISSN: 1440-1665
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2015 04:08
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1109 Neurosciences > 110999 Neurosciences not elsewhere classified @ 60%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 30%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 10%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 100%
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