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Common Respiratory Tract Infections as Psychological Entities: A Review of the Mood and Performance Effects of Being I11

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Mahoney, TD and Ball, PJ, Common Respiratory Tract Infections as Psychological Entities: A Review of the Mood and Performance Effects of Being I11, Australian Psychologist, 37, (2) pp. 86-94. ISSN 0005-0067 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00050060210001706726

Abstract

The clinical manifestations associated with colds and influenza overshadow the equally important mood and performance impairments. While decreased alertness and increased anxiety can be considered side effects of symptomatology, symptoms alone may not be responsible for the psychomotor and attention deficits of colds and influenza, respectively. An alternative hypothesis, as proposed in this review, suggests that the immune response, in the form of a cytokine cascade, may be responsible for both the physical and psychological symptoms. In particular, patterns of cytokine production for each infection will dictate the symptoms and performance deficits both within and between viruses. This hypothesis can be extended to incorporate infectious mononucleosis, as well as colds and influenza. The efficacy of symptom-based over-the-counter medications is then called into question.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and Health
Author:Mahoney, TD (Miss Tania Mahoney)
Author:Ball, PJ (Mr Peter Ball)
ID Code:23844
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-05-13
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