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Integration of Equity and Diversity Frameworks to Advance Biological Psychiatry

Published:August 20, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpsc.2022.08.004
      Environmental experiences play a powerful role in shaping mental health across the life-course. Exposure to trauma, socioeconomic disadvantage, and other forms of chronic stress and adversity are associated with elevated risk for multiple forms of psychopathology throughout development. Biological psychiatry research has revealed that alterations in brain structure and function are key mechanisms through which adverse environmental experiences contribute to the emergence of psychopathology. Characterizing the neurobiological pathways that underlie the links between adverse experiences and the onset of mental disorders is an active and burgeoning area of research.
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