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Pathogens and mental disorders

Posted by undopaminergic on January 3, 2020, at 11:57:06

I've sometimes heard or read about pathogens causing mental disorder.

Perhaps the best example is Lyme disease, associated with the bacterium borrelia.

Other types of organisms such as pathogenic fungi, worms, and viruses could likewise play a role.

Dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, linked to the fungus pityrosporum ovale (aka. malassezia furfur), has a greater incidence in Parkinson's disease, and some authors have suggested that the fungal infection may come *prior* to the onset of the neurological disease.

Toxoplasmosis has been correlated with multiple disorders, including schizophrenia, OCD, and bipolar disorder, as well as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, but not major depression or dysthymia, according to Wikipedia.

Therefore, perhaps treating these infections could lead to improvement in mental or neurological syndromes.

I don't know much at all about this topic. I'm putting it forth in the hope of further input.

I've had problems with seborrhoea myself, and my symptoms have much in common with Parkinson's; eg. anhedonia and dysarthria. Except for mild dandruff, the dermatitis has subsided. My mental symptoms have also improved, but I link this primarily to psychodynamic causes.

I've also had some courses of treatment with antibacterials, such as penicillin, and antifungals like terbinafine and ketoconazole.





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