Is Depression an Infectious Disease?
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Is Depression an Infectious Disease?

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 19 Nov 2014 - 11:05

Feeling low? What if we told you depression could actually be an infectious disease? Well, atleast that's what a new article has to say.

According to TurhanCanli, associate professor of psychology and radiology, major depressive disorder should be put forward as an infectious disease, and that depression stems from viral, bacterial or parasitic infections. Infact, he also explains pathways by which these organisms could contribute to depression.

"Given this track record of MDD, I propose reconceptualizing the condition as some form of infectious disease," said Dr. Canli, who is also Director of Stony Brook's SCAN Center, a member of the Program in Neuroscience, and a Senior Fellow in the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics. "Future research should conduct a concerted effort search of parasites, bacteria, or viruses that may play a causal role in the etiology of MDD."

Dr Canli believes that individuals who are depressed tend to exhibit several symptoms associated with illnesses, including loss of energy and that certain inflammatory biomarkers also suggest that depression could be illness-related. He also believes that bacteria, parasites and viruses attack the body in such a way that they alter human behaviour.

The researchers will now be moving forward with the view to assessing these factors in a large scale study with depressed patients to confirm these findings.

 

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