Lyme affects your mental health

Enfermedad de Lyme y salud mental

Bacteria borrelia bugdorferi can affect the nervous system causing neurological and psychiatric important symptoms.

Apart from the co-infections that Lyme disease can produce, there are several mental diseases, because the nervous system can be affected, provoking symptoms and neurological and psychiatric signals in patients of any age, including children.

Usually, the neuropsychiatric symptoms develop after the first symptoms appear, approximately one week after having contracted the infection as a consequence of a tick bite infected by Borrelia. These first symptoms can be crucial to diagnose Lyme. Healing them before Lyme turns into its latest phase is determinant to stop the disease progress or experiment its healing.

Nevertheless, the neurological symptoms that copy other psychiatric diseases can present in any Lyme phase.

Among the neurological symptoms, we find facial paralysis, headaches, neuralgia, neck pain, double vision, sensitive diseases, dizziness, numbness, hearing loss, seizures, hypersensibility to noises or light, fatigue, urinary incontinence.

These are added to cognitive deterioration symptoms such as memory loss, slow information processing, dyslexia, poor abstract reasoning, attention deficit or visual deterioration processing as psychiatric symptoms such as psychosis, hallucinations, delusions, extreme mood swings close to bipolar disorder, episodes of anger, depression, suicidal behavior or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), among many others. But that’s not all. The mental health of people sick with Lyme can be affected. Even not having developed these symptoms as a consequence of the controversy it generated, making happen on some occasions in long periods where visiting numerous professionals that never conclude in a right result and after can’t be treated with the correct treatment. As a result of this ordeal, it is very common for Lyme sufferers to develop frustration, depression and marginalisation, and isolation in many cases, as a result of the misunderstanding they experience.


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