Friday, 19 June 2015

Depressing Consequences: The Infection Mood Disorder Connection Revealed

We know that many cases of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) start with an infection and that those infections result in what is called “sickness behavior”.  The fatigue, pain, difficulty concentrating, problems with sleep, apathy found during an infection are intended to force an individual to withdraw from society and stop spreading an infection.

We know that higher than normal rates of mood disorders (for a chronic illness) are present in ME/CFS and FM and that ME/CFS, FM and depression share many symptoms that are associated with sickness behavior.

That brings up the question where the immune system fits in. Could it be causing  or contributing to the elevated rates of mood disorders seen in FM and ME/CFS?  Is it causing mood disorders found outside of ME/CFS and FM?  Could depression in some cases be just a case of sickness behavior that never lets up?

Depressing Consequences: The Infection Mood Disorder Connection Revealed

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