The Links between Infections and Psychiatric Diseases

Benedetto Vitiello, Ljubisa Vitkovic

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This article briefly reviews types of psychopathology that have been or can be etiologically related to infectious agents. Particular emphasis is placed on AIDS dementia, schizophrenia, chronic fatigue syndrome, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder because these diseases are either best understood or intensely investigated with regard to infectious etiology. Ongoing research efforts aimed at identifying missing links between infections and psychiatric diseases are briefly described, illustrating current interests and efforts in this area of biomédical research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-496
Number of pages12
JournalInfections in Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997


  • Aids influenza borna disease virus
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (hiv)
  • Mood disorders
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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