Childhood infections, even bronchitis, may increase the risk of developing mental health disorders like schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder, according to new research. [1
Kids who were hospitalized for an infection had an 84 percent higher chance of being diagnosed with metal health disorders, excluding depression and bipolar disorder.
About four percent were diagnosed with schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and personality disorders.
Infections that were considered to be more serious and could have been treated in an outpatient setting with an antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, or antiparasitic medication 40 percent and a 22 percent chance of being prescribed medication.
The risk for developing a mental disorder is also higher in the first three months following an infection, authors note in a child's illnesses of developing a mental illness following an infection – researchers found the hospitalization fell to 21 percent compared to the 84 percent above. And the risk of being prescription medication drops to 17 percent.
This finding strengthens the link between infections and its correlation to mental illness, not just confining it to genetics and socioeconomic factors.