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I have mdd and generalized anxiety disorder. What chemically causes these problems and can it cause a genital herpes outbreak?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Uncertain

Although monoamines (seritonin, norepinephrine and dopamine) have been theoretically implicated there is no proof of their direct role.
Genetic predispositions, life experiences and other factors all seem to be important, but no unifying cause has yet been determined. The role of anxiety in outbreaks of herpes simplex eruptions (oral, genital, etc.) is also unclear although may be one factor.

In brief: Uncertain

Although monoamines (seritonin, norepinephrine and dopamine) have been theoretically implicated there is no proof of their direct role.
Genetic predispositions, life experiences and other factors all seem to be important, but no unifying cause has yet been determined. The role of anxiety in outbreaks of herpes simplex eruptions (oral, genital, etc.) is also unclear although may be one factor.
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Dr. Leonard Lado
Neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, and hormones have been shown to have certain effects on immunity. For example, certain hormones, such as cortisol and epinephrine, are released in higher amounts when an individual is under great stress. These hormones are known to depress T-cell activity, and thus, depress oneís immune system (Freeman & Lawlis, 2001).
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