Is Mental Health Illness Contagious

United States
August 9, 2007 8:07pm CST
Hi, I have worked in psych hospitals, and I found that if one of my patients received an antibiotic, they had less symtoms. What if mental health illness is a virus which one can catch form patients, and not inherited. stinkypoo
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@GardenGerty (109981)
• United States
10 Aug 07
No, mental illness is not contagious. If it was, you would have caught it yourself. I have worked and am working with mentally ill, mentally handicapped, and dementia victims. I think you have a valid observation about the antibiotics, but the mechanism is not that of contagion. If a person has an illness that shows in their behaviors, like a mental illness, then when they are becoming ill, they also have a flare up, or an exacerbation of their symptoms, because they lack the words or cognitive abilities to tell you what is wrong. When the illness is treated, they feel better, and therefore they act better. When I worked with the elderly that was one thing we often did. If they behavior became unusual, if they had falling episodes, if they became violent or aggressive they were checked for a urinary tract infection right off the bat. It was often the cause, and they improved when given antibiotics.