The Biology Behind ‘Psychosomatic’ Illness

Introduction

Editor’s Note:
University of Pittsburgh neuroscientist Peter L. Strick, PhD, and colleagues recently published a study[1] in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences tracing the neural circuitry connecting various motor and affective regions of the brain to the adrenal medulla and possibly other organs. Dr Strick feels the findings could help explain how so-called “psychosomatic” conditions arise and suggest treatment targets for a variety of disorders. Medscape recently spoke with Dr Strick about his research.

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