Autoimmune diseases and infections increased the risk for developing mood disorders, new data suggest. Researchers said hospital contacts with infections may account for up to 12% of mood disorders if the effect is causal, but their findings must be confirmed.
"Clinicians need to pay attention to somatic diseases in patients with psychiatric disorders, and even if the relationship is not causal, treatment of underlying somatic diseases may improve the symptoms and quality of life," Michael E. Benros, MD, of Aarhus University in Denmark, said in an interview.
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