My wife is currently being treated for mold and yeast
how the physical issues may be feeding or causing mental issues as she goes through this decontamination process. She has been showing many ups and downs and experiencing what sounds to
be bi-polar tendencies. Could there be any connection?
Yes there is connection
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Yes definitely there is connection between physical issues and exacerbation of mental issues. We can’t sumply label that mental issue is because of any physical problem but there is relation between these.
Physical problems might result in poor self care which could be the reason for yeast infection. This might increase stress which could lead to increased risk of mental problems. This can even precipitate mood episode too.
What kind of symptoms she is showing?
Which medicines she is taking right now?
Please provide details in follow up.
Intractable infection might worsen anxiety
Reduced immunity and also prolonged antibiotic use are reasons for repeated yeast infection. I don't think there is any direct relationship between anxiety, depression and infection.
But yes prolonged intractable infection can increase stress, this in turn might result in worsening of anxiety, compulsive behaviour and depressive symptoms. Feeling of helplessness sometimes develops and this worsens anxiety.
For her persistent anxiety please talk with her doctor for help. She can be given anti anxiety drugs in order to calm her till her infection resolves.