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In this paper, the effects of all types of Human Herpes Virus (HHV-6) is reviewed in relation to encephalopathy, catatonia and mental health disorders due to recent research indicating that HHV-6 does a lot more than just causing Roseola, encephalitis and encephalopathy and that it could be the key to the recent rise in mental health disorders.
The review suggests that the hypothesis that HHV-6 can lead to encephalopathy, catatonia and mental health disorders is true. The links between HHV-6, catatonia and mental health disorders are clear, and it seems necessary to do more research into the topic. It is possible HHV-6 plays a big role in causing catatonia among patients due to it causing encephalopathy and possibly causing and/or assisting the onset of mental health disorders, both of which are known to cause catatonia. HHV-6 is a relatively unknown pathogen to the wider population, but research is now indicating its prevalence and its effects could be behind the recent rise in mental health disorders.
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