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Viruses and Mood

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Following yesterday's blog, saying what a bad mood I was experiencing, I woke up this morning with a stuffy sinus head. A virus!

I was curious to know why a virus affects me like this - it's happened many, many times: I get all grumpy and miserable for a few days - then find out I've got a cold virus.

This is too technical for me to understand, but at least it offers an explanation.

"Researchers have been collecting hints of the connection between mental health and infections for years. Though it was first dismissed as people simply being blue about getting sick, doctors now accept that there is a condition called “sickness behavior.” This condition is marked by cognitive deficits, drowsiness, general malaise, and other depression-like symptoms in those with an infection. Moreover, in a 2013 Danish study, researchers found that people who had been treated for a severe infection were 62 percent more likely to suffer from mood disorders. Perhaps related, those that had an autoimmune disease were 45 percent more likely to have such a mental health issue."


And there doesn't seem to be much one can do about it - except to stick to a healthy diet and exercise regime, drink plenty of water, rest etc.

This article from The New Scientist is easier to understand and read (except you can only read a bit of it unless you are a subscriber)

oh no! now I'm back down that rabbit-hole of 'bugs control your mind' eek!
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