Mental effects of infectious diseases

Of course, this particular reaction of the body is caused by many factors:

  • the age of the patient
  • the general immune status of the body
  • conditions of life and work
  • the ability to use professional medical care.

However, the leading role here is precisely the infection. In principle, with any infectious diseases, some people can develop extremely strong fear, anxiety and anxiety, a panic mood appears. A person lives in constant tension, feeling that “trouble is coming”, a subdepressive background and even suspicion appear.

Particularly sensitive people may even develop hypochondriac neurosis, expressed in fear of painful death. It is worth noting that such reactions are not necessarily associated with the severity of the disease – sometimes even mild lesions can cause violent mental symptoms.

With the development of hypochondriacal thoughts, anxiety for one’s health is extremely increased. Patients can literally demand from doctors that they have a favorable outcome, claiming that the treatment prescribed is not effective.

Some patients, taking their illness, may begin to experience their inferiority.

In rare cases, patients seem to “sharpen” their attention regarding everything that happens around them. So there is a strong suggestibility, which, in an unfavorable combination of circumstances, can be used against the patient himself (false healers selling for a fabulous money a panacea for everything). Occasionally (especially in women), hysterical reactions, abnormal requirements for self-recognition, over-care and disturbing fabrications can be observed.

Such patients may require special attention to themselves, transfer to a separate room, express grotesquely exaggerated complaints.

Two mutually exclusive trends are found in the behavior of such patients: either they are completely apathetic, are not interested in treatment, are reluctant to comply with medical prescriptions, or vice versa – they present petty claims to the clinic staff, they require a specialist to be changed, doubting his competence.

In conclusion about children

In children, especially in preschool children, in principle, reactions to the disease may not occur, or they appear blurry and extremely unclear. Children can simply become unhappy, tearful, look gloomy and depressed.

By adolescence, reactions to diseases can acquire the “adult” features described above. They, in principle, are difficult to distinguish from them.

Concluding our introductory article, we only say that the reader should understand that the younger the child, the easier his reaction to an infectious disease – therefore, do not confuse the “lethargy” of the child with a symptom of the disease.

local_offerevent_note August 7, 2019

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