People with anger may be twice as likely as toxoplasma
According to a report in the journal of clinical psychiatry, individual incident disorders such as anger, road rage and toxoplasmosis (a parasite) are often significantly associated with cat feces.
Intermittent explosive disorder (IED) is defined as “the disproportionate circumstances that trigger them, the periodicity, impulsiveness, and problematic outbreaks of verbal or physical aggression.”
Sixteen million americans are thought to have ieds instead of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Toxoplasmosis is a common, usually harmless, parasitic infection transmitted by infected cat feces, contaminated water or undercooked meat.
It affects about 30 percent of humans, but it’s usually a potential 1.
The study found that the parasites are found in brain tissue and are linked to many psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and suicide.
Researchers at the university of Chicago, led by Dr Emil Coccaro, have been looking for more effective ways to diagnose and treat harassment and impulsive aggression.
22% of IED subjects were positive
In the current study, the authors evaluated the 358 adults in the United States intelligence, personality disorder, depression and other mental disorders, and has carried on the evaluation to them, such as anger, aggression and impulsivity. They also screened for toxoplasma by blood tests.
A quick fact about toxoplasmosis
About 60 million americans are considered toxoplasma
For people with weakened immune systems, there is medication.
They then divided the participants into three groups: about a third had ieds, a third were healthy controls, no history of mental illness, and a third had psychiatric diagnoses but no ieds.
The final set was designed to allow the team to distinguish between other psychological factors.
The results showed that 22% of IED patients tested positive for toxoplasmosis, compared with 9% in the healthy control group and 16% in the psychological control group.
Aggression and impulsiveness were similar in the mental and health groups, but iied scores were significantly higher than in the other two groups.
There is a link between toxoplasmosis and impulsivity. However, when the team adjusted the attack score, the association became less important, suggesting a strong correlation between toxoplasmosis and attack.
The authors note that these findings do not mean that toxoplasmosis may cause s, or that people in cats are more likely to develop the disease. It just reveals a relationship.
Cats are not strange
Dr. Royce Lee, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the university of Chicago, said:
“This is definitely not a sign of people should get rid of their cats, we do not know the mechanisms involved, inflammation may increase, directly regulate the brain parasites, and even more aggressive individuals tend to have a cat or linkages between undercooked meat to eat many. ”
Senior author, Dr. Emil Coccaro, Ellen. C. Manning, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the university of Chicago, said:
“Our research shows that the latent infection of toxoplasma parasite may change brain chemistry, which increases the risk of aggressive behavior, but we don’t know if this relationship is causal relationship, rather than each test positive for toxoplasmosis is aggressive to people”.
The team further studied the toxoplasmosis, aggressive and the connection between the IED, eventually hope to find a new method to diagnose or cure disease “angry”, may be the first person to deal with the latent infections.
Medical news today reports a study linking toxoplasma to schizophrenia.