Possible Links Between Viruses and Psychiatric (Mental Health) Disorders

This Blog explores possible links between Retroviruses &/or Hemorrhagic Viruses with Neuro-Psychiatric (Mental Health) Disorders and Conditions like Depression, ADHD, Epilepsy, & Schizophrenia.
Are there links Between HIV, Zika Virus, Ebola, &/or Dengue with Psychiatric Disorders Like Depression, ADD, Epilepsy, &/or Anxiety Disorder???

According to a recent article on PsychCentral, it could be that some cases of Depression (Depressive Disorder) are associated with or caused by Inflammation. While further research needs to be done on any possible connections between the two, it has long been proposed that the immune system and neural system grow & develop in association with one another. It may also be the case that patients with Diseases &/or Disorders which are Inflammatory in nature may have higher levels of depression. Of course, one argument associated with the connection is that these patients with chronic inflammatory disorders may be suffering from depression because they have to deal with their condition(s) constantly (and, the toll that they may take on their daily living), because of side effects associated with the medications that they take to address the causes &/or symptoms of their disorder(s), financial stressors associated with disease management, or a combination of these. However, it cannot be ruled out that inflammatory conditions could lead to a disruption of the normal neural network that is present before the onset of depression. Inflammatory mediators (Histamine, Cytokines, etc.) could help contribute to these interactions. In fact, it could be the case that higher rates of depression are associated with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, HIV & AIDS, and Hemorrhagic Viruses (Ebola Virus, Dengue, Zika Virus, Etc.). Clearly, more research needs to be done in the exploration of links between inflammatory and infectious conditions and mental disorder, such as Depressive Disorder (depression), ADD or ADHD, or Anxiety Disorder. Obviously, another relevant implication is that it is important that patients with chronic inflammatory conditions are well-monitored, well-managed, and well-controlled in order to prevent the onset of psychiatric disorders. In addition to helping to prevent human suffering, such research could also save billions of healthcare dollars. These associations &/or correlations could have vast social, psychological, and monetary implications



David A. Wright, MD, MBA, MHSA
Thursday, April 7th, 2016


Associated Links & References:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2016/04/04/could-depression-be-an-allergic-reaction/

http://aidsinfonet.org/fact_sheets/view/558

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/517764

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/symptoms/index.html

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=9&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjrsoeP1P3LAhUmHKYKHYmXDbYQFghhMAg&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.psychiatry.org%2FFile%2520Library%2FPsychiatrists%2FPractice%2FProfessional-Topics%2FHIV-Psychiatry%2FFactSheet-Depression-2012.pdf&usg=AFQjCNHZ2Ga_aEx-IlyPlQ7QxDtDF-6NvQ&sig2=fKAsGdnOV4Hh9PQVa2nvaA