publication . Article . 1994

Parasitic Diseases and Psychiatric Illness*

Mitchell G. Weiss;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 1994 Journal: The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, volume 39, pages 623-628 (issn: 0706-7437, eissn: 1497-0015, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: United States
Abstract
<jats:p> Distinguishing parasitic diseases from other infections and tropical medical disorders based on microbiological classification is a matter of convenience. Organic brain syndromes are associated with both protozoan and helminthic infections; side-effects of drugs commonly used to treat parasitoses may impair mood and cause anxiety, agitation or psychosis. Emotional states may in turn affect the experience of medical illness. Psychiatrically significant features of medical illness are determined both by pathophysiology and by the personal and social context in which they occur. Many factors affect mental health in the tropics where the synergy of infectio...
Subjects
free text keywords: Psychiatry and Mental health, Sick role, Organic mental disorders, medicine.disease, medicine, Delusion, medicine.symptom, Anxiety, Mental health, Mood, Psychiatry, medicine.medical_specialty, Psychology, Social environment, Psychosis
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