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depression and antibiotics

Posted by marushkah on August 1, 2002, at 9:28:26

I just read some postings from April about antibiotics and brain symptoms, and I hope I can get another discussion started on this subject. During 30 years of sometimes crushing depression, I have learned that I ALWAYS improve dramatically when I am prescribed antibiotics for another ailment. The fatigue disappears, the mental confusion clears, the sadness and frustration and anxiety vanish....

I have been told by doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists that there is no connection between antibiotics and relief of depression, but I know this is not true. Standard anti-depressents do little for me; anti-anxiety medications just mask symptoms; antibiotics turn me into a new, healthy, functional person. However, the medical profession chooses to ignore my assertions that my depression is caused by fatigue and mental confusion, not the other way around as the textbooks insist.

Now I hear hints that persistent strep infections (in children) or other bacterial infections may be implicated in depression (I have recurring throat infections). Has anyone else noticed the correlation between antibiotics and imroved mental health? Can anyone supply web sites or other references that deal with this topic?




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