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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109-113

The importance of cholesterol in psychopathology: A review of recent contributions

Department of Psychology and Education, Health Sciences Research Centre, University of Beira Interior, Covilha, Portugal

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Henrique Pereira
Department of Psychology and Education, Health Sciences Research Centre, University of Beira Interior, Estrada do Sineiro, s/n 6200 Covilha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.203117

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Aim: The aim of this study was to describe systematically recent studies that show the importance of cholesterol in psychopathology. Methods: This study was a review. The following databases were searched for relevant published articles on human studies: MEDLINE, Web of Science, EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete, and Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (papers from January 2012 to March 2016). Results: Eighteen recent papers were selected, and thematic dimensions showing correlations between cholesterol and behavioral and psychopathological variables were depression, suicide, personality, and aggression. Conclusion: This paper demonstrates that recent research corroborates the idea that cholesterol plays an important role in governing behavior and psychopathology in humans. Deepening the studies in this field could be a promising avenue for future research, with implications for treating people with behavior or mental health problems.

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