Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Mononucleosis-Depression Link Disproved

Date:
January 12, 1999
Source:
Center For The Advancement Of Health
Summary:
Anecdotal reports that viral infections such as mononucleosis lead to depression and other psychiatric disorders have been rebutted by a study that followed 144 HMO patients.

Anecdotal reports that viral infections such as mononucleosis lead to depression and other psychiatric disorders have been rebutted by a study that followed 144 HMO patients.

Related Articles


After following the patients for six months from the onset of acute infectious mononucleosis, Wayne Katon, MD, and his University of Washington colleagues report in the January issue of General Hospital Psychiatry, the researchers found that transient psychological distress and impairment were common among the mostly student population (64 percent) during the acute phase of illness, few met the diagnostic criteria for psychiatric illness.

"This study suggests that postviral depression is rare and that at six months after mononucleosis people who are still depressed probably are depressed due to new stressful life events rather than viral effects," Katon says.

At the onset of the infection, 4.9 percent of the patients met psychiatric criteria for current major depression, 1.4 percent for panic disorder, and none for generalized anxiety disorder. These rates are similar to those found in the general population, according to the researchers. Initial psychiatric illness or distress did not predict distress two or six months later, Katon and his colleagues found.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Center For The Advancement Of Health. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Center For The Advancement Of Health. "Mononucleosis-Depression Link Disproved." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 January 1999. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/01/990112080717.htm>.
Center For The Advancement Of Health. (1999, January 12). Mononucleosis-Depression Link Disproved. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 6, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/01/990112080717.htm
Center For The Advancement Of Health. "Mononucleosis-Depression Link Disproved." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/01/990112080717.htm (accessed March 6, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Friday, March 6, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Bupa Eyes India Healthcare Opportunities

Bupa Eyes India Healthcare Opportunities

Reuters - Business Video Online (Mar. 5, 2015) Bupa is hoping to expand in India&apos;s fast-growing health insurance market, once a rule change on foreign investment is implemented. The British private healthcare group&apos;s CEO tells Grace Pascoe why it&apos;s so keen on the new opportunity. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctor in Your Pocket Is Getting Smarter

Doctor in Your Pocket Is Getting Smarter

Reuters - Business Video Online (Mar. 5, 2015) Mobile apps are turning smartphones into a personal doctors, with users able to measure heart rate, blood pressure and even blood sugar. But will it change our behaviour? Ivor Bennett reports from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
AbbVie Inks $21B Deal To Buy Cancer Drugmaker Pharmacyclics

AbbVie Inks $21B Deal To Buy Cancer Drugmaker Pharmacyclics

Newsy (Mar. 5, 2015) AbbVie announced Wednesday it will buy cancer drugmaker Pharmacyclics in a $21 billion deal. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Toddlers Drinking Coffee? Why You Shouldn't Share Your Joe

Toddlers Drinking Coffee? Why You Shouldn't Share Your Joe

Newsy (Mar. 5, 2015) A survey of Boston mothers and toddlers found that 15 percent of two-year-olds drink coffee and 2.5 percent of 1-year-olds. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins