Today, scientists are increasingly coming to recognize that the bacteria and viruses that frequently invade our bodies and cause sore throats and other minor ailments may also unleash a host of major mental and emotional illnesses, including anorexia, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.It's funny because just at the very moment I was reading those words, I heard David Brooks say on the Newshour that perhaps the Virginia Tech shooter may have had a virus that caused his mental illness. One of those very weird moments of synergy.
From an ME/CFIDS perspective, this article was interesting as there has certainly be a lot of speculation about the role of infectious agents in the etiology of the disease. Indeed, a lot of people who see improvement do so by taking antibiotics and/or antivirals. And mental illness is frequently comorbid with ME/CFIDS. Suicide is the leading cause of death for people with ME/CFIDS -- something I learned in a painful way last year when someone I knew with ME/CFIDS committed suicide -- and interestingly enough, it's the leading cause of death for those with HIV as well, a disease closely associated with ME/CFIDS.
This article also points out that Chlamydia Pneumonia is associated with Alzheimer's Disease. So, could that be why I keep forgetting everything lately? Or is that bout of strep I had when I was 15 the reason I seem to get more obsessive-compulsive as the years go by (seriously, A. teases me about getting all "Howard Hughes" on him)?