Rheumatic Fever And Neuropsychiatry

Rheumatic Fever And Neuropsychiatry

Rheumatic fever and neuropsychiatry have been linked because the possibility of a person getting neuropsychiatric disorders after rheumatic fever is quite high. However, this is something that all doctors do not agree but there are many who believe that many patients who have suffered from rheumatic fever can get disorders like obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or Tourette's syndrome.

Rheumatic fever and neuropsychiatry has especially been active where children are concerned. However, doctors have seen that patients who suffer from Sydenham's chorea tend to display more symptoms of OCD. In addition, people who suffer from uncontrolled movements of the limbs and face also have a higher tendency of getting a serious depressive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and tic disorder.

Psychiatrists believe that patients who have had rheumatic fever followed by Sydenham's chorea are at a higher risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders than patients who have rheumatic fever but no signs of Sydenham's chorea. In addition, it is believed that children who have rheumatic fever tend to get ADHD, which is seen as a risk factor of developing Sydenham's chorea.

Doctors have seen through observations that patients tend to have relapses of neuropsychiatric symptoms more frequently after they have rheumatic fever. And the only way to treat neuropsychiatric disorders is through drugs and behavioral therapies. However, where OCD is concerned, treatment measures include medication and cognitive behavior therapy; while tic disorders are treated through drugs.

Still a lot of studies are being done on rheumatic fever and neuropsychiatric disorders and hopefully these studies will be able to help patients.

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