My husband suffers from bipolar disorder, and I have recently found myself becoming increasingly depressed. It almost feels as though his condition is contagious. Is it possible that my husband’s mental illness has influenced the emergence of my depression? The way you phrased your question exactly explains why the answer is no. If you had asked, "can someone being bipolar make me sad or depressed?" the answer would be obviously yes. Mood is reactive to events around it--you get sad when bad things happen, and depressed when really bad things happen. But here, "depression" is used as a specific disease that has nothing to do with sadness. This can be compared to phantom limb pain, which has nothing to do with actual painful stimuli being applied to your (missing) limb. Depression is a chemical imbalance that is outside of your control. The possibility of your husband's symptoms inducing similar symptoms in you would...
Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by many different germs, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
This article discusses pneumonia that occurs in a person whose ability to fight infection is greatly reduced because their immune system is weakened and not working properly. Such disease is referred to as "pneumonia in an immunocompromised host."
(previously called Pneumocystis carinii
Pneumonia - cytomegalovirus
Pneumonia in immunodeficient patient; Pneumonia - immunocompromised host
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
People whose immune system is not working well are less able to fight off germs. Because of this state, they are more likely to become infected by g...
Pneumonia - hydrocarbon
Those with mild symptoms may need to be seen by doctors in an emergency room, but may not require a hospital stay.
Persons with moderate and severe symptoms are normally admitted to the hospital, occasionally to an intensive care unit (ICU).
Hospital treatment may include:
Most children who drink or inhale hydrocarbon products and develop chemical pneumonitis recover fully following treatment. Highly toxic hydrocarbons may lead to rapid respiratory failure and death.
Secondary bacterial infections
Calling your health care provider
If you know or suspect that your child has swallowed or inhaled a hydrocarbon product, take them to the emergency room immediately. DO NOT use ipecac to induce vomiting.
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