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The Psychosomatic Interface: Hyperprolactinemia

  • Luis G. Sobrinho
Part of the Endocrine Updates book series (ENDO, volume 12)

Abstract

Prolactin is practically ignored in the chapter of psychosomatic disorders of textbooks of psychiatry (1). There are two valid reasons for this omission:

First, psychiatric difficulties associated with inappropriate lactation or hyperprolactinemia (except when induced by drugs) are uncommon. Second, there is no conceptual framework to accommodate such uncommon observations that, when reported, appear either as anecdoctal cases or as unexplained associations. For all practical and theoretical purposes the biology of “psychological stress” has been described exclusively in terms of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and/or the sympathetic nervous system.

Keywords

Depression Estrogen Dopamine Adenoma Cortisol 

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  • Luis G. Sobrinho
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  1. 1.Department of EndocrinologyPortuguese Cancer InstituteLisbonPortugal

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