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'''Viral disorders''' are a sub set of [[infectious disorders]] caused by [[viruses]].
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'''Viral disorders''' are a sub set of [[infectious disorders]] caused by [[viruses]]. Amongst the conditions caused by viruses those in interest to psychologists include:
 
Psychologists are interested in this group of diseases for several reasons:
 
 
*They may be prevented by appropriate [[behavior]] and psychologists have something to say about how to present [[warnings]] and educate people about their choices and to help them adopt safety precautions. This is of course most notably an issue with [[sexually transmitted diseases]] but applies in other areas as well.
 
*The symptoms of these diseases can mimic [[psychological disorders]] such as [[depression]] and people may be referred for treatment of depression when in fact they have undiagnosed viral infection with subsequent [[fatigue]]
 
*The disease may have sequelae that psychologists may be asked to assesss. So for example [[measles]] may lead to [[mental retardation]] which may require [[psychometric assessment]]
 
*The diseases may lead to conditions that psychologists treat. So for example [[rubella] may lead to [[infertility]] which may require [counseling]]
 
*The disorder may have a chronic course and psychologists may be involved in helping people to adjust to having the condition or to manage its effects. For example helping people with [[herpes genitalis]] to adjust their sexual behavior and take appropriayte precautions to prevent spreading the condition
 
 
 
 
 
Amongst the conditions caused by viruses those in interest to psychologists include:
 
   
 
*[[Creutzfeldt Jacob syndrome]]
 
*[[Creutzfeldt Jacob syndrome]]

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