Childhood infections increase the risk of mental illness in children
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Throat infections, fever and infections during childhood are also a risk for developing mental disorders during infancy or in adolescence. The study finds that children who have been hospitalized with an infection have an 84% increased risk of suffering from mental disorders and a 42% higher risk of being prescribed medicines to treat mental disorders.

The increased risk was associated with psychotic disorders, personality disorders, ADHD, autism and OCDs. Further, there was a 5.66 times higher chance of a new newly diagnosed mental disorder within the first 3 months after contact with a hospital due to an infection.

This shows that the immune system plays a role in adolescent mental illnesses.

Read the full story: Aarhus University
Scientific publication: JAMA Psychiatry


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