Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mental Illness Caused By Infections?

You know those horror movies where someone gets the contagion and begins to act strangely, like the movie "The Happening"? There actually is a big debate about mental illness and infections that cause conditions such as PANDAS and PITAND and make the medical community wonder how many other mental conditions might correlate with other infections.

PANDAS: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococci.

PITAND: Pediatric Infection-triggered Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders.

Shows up between 5 and 7 years usually. Psychiatric issues associated with it include; OCD, sleep disorder, aggression, tic disorders, Tourette's, hyperactivity, learning disability, hallucinations, eating disorders,and many more. There are treatments including antibiotics and having tonsils and adenoids removed, and IVIG has shown an 80% chance of clearing it up in a short period of time, but insurance companies are not always cooperative with the large cost of the drug.

Interestingly, other issues like fibromyalgia and infections are being looked into and issues like chronic fatigue disorder associated with prior mono infections are being accepted as a correlation.

Learn more here.


  1. Nice article, Sharon, so thank you. It came for me in a timely fashion, too (explanation to follow). All acronyms & pediatric classifications aside, and the annoying propensity of the so-called medical establishment to rename everything … heart attacks are now cardiac arrests, manic-depression is now bipolar disorder, consumption has become tuberculosis, VD is now STD, the list goes on & on … I was just conferring the other day with one of my cousins over another close relative of ours & their particular mental illness.

    I swear, both this particular relative of ours & a neighbour down the block, who both had shared Siamese cats from the same brood, both became hoarders, and after having been exemplary housewives & mothers. I'm convinced that that's because each of these individuals were susceptible to something that these Siamese kitty cats carried. Mind you, I'm in no wise an ailurophobe, since I'm had many pet cats as well as four dogs over the course of 45 years. I just think that there was some kind of bacterial or viral pathogen that caused these two very individual people to have been affected adversely in the same way. Thanks again for the link, Sharon.

  2. There needs to be more study regarding the medical case. This is to come up with ideal treatment and for dentist in summerville sc to align their practice as well.

  3. I've been working at the urgent care in Fremont for quite a while now and I can say that infections can cause mental illness. This is the main reason why infections need to be treated right away.

  4. Great post. We always say that prevention is better than cure, But many times we infected and we even don't know. whenever this happen just go to a mental health expert.