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June 7, 2024 76 mins

Professor Henry O’Connell is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in Portlaoise, Ireland and Associate Clinical Professor with the School of Medicine at the University of Limerick. Henry has a special interest in how principles of evolutionary psychology can be applied to psychiatry, mental health and illness and medical education. Henry was isthe founding chair of the college of psychiatrists of Ireland Evolutionary Psychiatry special interest group in 2021 . In 2022 he published his a textbook Evolution and Psychiatry: Clinical Cases.

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Today we discuss among other topics:

- What it means to take an evolutionary approach in psychiatry
- The difference between proximate and ultimate causes of mental illness
- The notion of evolutionary mismatch 
- Evolutionary perspectives on psychosis, anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD, bipolar disoder

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