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Elisa Drews

I am currently working as a doctoral student in the Section for Translational Psychobiology in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Heidelberg University. My research focusses on biological mechanisms underlying mental illnesses, in particular, Borderline Personality Disorder and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury. Despite the long tradition of interviews and questionnaires in clinical psychology, I am convinced that such data collection methods carry a limited contribution to understanding psychopathological constructs. Therefore, I am eagerly interested in investigating the sensitivity and specificity of biological measures such as stress hormones and inflammatory markers. In the long run, I hope to entrench pivotal biological markers as diagnostic tools and measures for treatment effects to integrate both mental and somatic mechanisms when treating individuals with mental disorders.

Altered Stress Sensitivity In Individuals With Borderline Personality Disorder

You know how it feels when you’re stressed, right? And you can certainly imagine that stress is not just a subjective experience but also depends heavily on bodily processes and hormones. However, it’s quite important to mention that stress affects […]