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...
Psittacosis is an infection caused by Chlamydia psittaci, a type of bacteria found in the droppings of birds. Birds spread the infection to humans.
Ornithosis; Chlamydia psittaci
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Psittacosis is a rare disease: 100 - 200 cases are reported each year in the United States.
Bird owners, pet shop employees, persons who work in poultry processing plants, and veterinarians are at increased risk for this infection. Typical birds involved are parrots, parakeets, and budgerigars, although other birds have also caused the disease.
Any time I hear or see enough chatter about a fitness related topic, either in person, on line, or both, I feel compelled to share my knowledge with readers regarding that topic. One particular issue that has moved to the forefront of health club chatter is MRSA (pronounced mer´ suh), which is an acronym for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a bacteria that, for years, used to attack the very disabled, sick and elderly who resided in hospitals, nursing homes and institutional facilities.
The problem is that it is resistant to many commonly used antibiotics. In recent years, however, a strain of these bacteria has emerged in the general population called CA-MRSA, or community acquired MRSA. Now, anyone can contract the bug which is capable of causing anything from a small pimple to a full blown life threatening skin infection called necrotizing fasciitis (aka flesh eating bacteria). What does all this have to do with working out at the gym, you a...
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