Is it true that toxoplasmosis raises the risk of some mental illnesses?
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Yes. Toxoplasmosis increases the possibility of you having schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and obsessive‑compulsive disorder. On the other hand, it also decreases the risk of unipolar depression and phobia. In any case, toxoplasma alone can’t trigger psychiatric diseases. Apart from being infected, you’d also have to be genetically predisposed to the disease. In the Czech Republic, the risk of a healthy person having schizophrenia is less than 1% and in people infected with toxoplasma, it is about 2.6 times higher. However, the numbers are approximately two times higher for bipolar disorder and at least three times higher for obsessive‑compulsive disorder. If you’re infected with toxoplasma and you get the impression that you can read other people’s minds, that they can read yours or even manipulate your thoughts, you have most probably developed a mental illness and should seek prompt medical attention. It is important that you do that immediately, while toxoplasma still hasn’t taken over your brain and you’re able to make your own decisions. The above said applies even if you’re not infected by toxoplasma. Remember that mental illnesses don’t distinguish between infected and uninfected people and can strike anyone.


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