Kerem Can Tunç1,Oytun Erbaş1

1ERBAS Institute of Experimental Medicine, Illinois, USA & Gebze, Türkiye

Keywords: Bartonella spp., prognosis, psychiatric disorders, Toxoplasma gondii


Both Bartonella spp. and Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) can infect humans through vectors such as ticks, flies, and cats. Diseases caused by both microorganisms can be treated with combined antibiotics, but if not treated, situations that can reach fatal conditions. Recent studies have shown that these microorganisms can additionally affect the central nervous system, causing major depression to severe psychosis. What we generally observe is that although most patients do not have a direct psychiatric disorders in the first place, these pathogens are perceived as such since they were not initially taken into account, indicating that the effects of these microorganisms cannot be underestimated. In this review, we discussed mostly the psychiatric conditions caused by Bartonella spp. and T. gondii.

Cite this article as: Tunç KC, Erbaş O. Mental Health Disorders Associated with Bartonella spp. and Toxoplasma gondii. JEB Med Sci 2022;3(3):259-263.

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