Got Anger?

Do you or someone you know sometimes fly off the handle when you least expect it? Might this same someone own a cat?

If you’ve answered “yes” to both of these questions, then here’s something to think about. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, people who have spontaneous, problematic outbursts with verbal or physical aggression are likely to have “Toxoplasmosis” a common parasite that is usually passed on through cat feces that can literally drive you mad.

Intermittent explosive disorder a/k/a (IED) has been confirmed in more than 16 million Americans yet for some odd reason no one talks about it.  Even more alarming is that research show this little tiny parasite is found in brain tissue, and linked to a number of psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia, bipolar and suicidal behavior. 

This is a scanning electron micrograph of the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii, tissue cyst in brain of an infected mouse. Credit: David Ferguson
This is a scanning electron micrograph of the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii, tissue cyst in brain of an infected mouse.
Credit: David Ferguson

These findings were recently published this March 23, 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry by Dr. Emil Coccaro, from The University of Chicago.  Today Dr. Coccaro along with his team of researchers are doing their best to find a more effective ways to diagnose someone with IED right from the start in order to be able to treat them effectively. 

“It will take experimental studies to see if treating a latent toxoplasmosis infection with medication reduces aggressiveness,” Coccaro said. “If we can learn more, it could provide rational to treat IED in toxoplasmosis-positive patients by first treating the latent infection.”

I’m guessing the reason no one talks about this is because so many of us who are animal lovers might mean many of us would have to give them up?
After all …..

catlovers
What do you think?

 

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