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I have read the posting of many people for the past 2 weeks, and have noticed that there are vague assertions about Mental Illness and Lyme's. I know that I have physical as well as mental manifestations from this disease.
Surfing the net I found an interesting site by a compassionate & educated doctor. So I thought that I would share it with my fellow "Lymies" . Hope that some find it useful.

"There are an increasing number of patients with chronic Lyme disease (neuroboreliosis) presenting in psychiatric offices. Lyme disease does not begin as a psychiatric illness. Other symptoms occur in early stage disease. Late in the progression of this disease neurological, cognitive, and psychiatric symptoms predominate. If not well understood, these symptoms are sometimes viewed as non-specific and bizarre. Actually the symptoms can be quite specific with a clear physiological basis, but far too often a routine evaluation is insufficient to adequately evaluate these patients. When the evaluation is not property targeted, key symptoms can be overlooked and these patients may be mistakenly diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, M.S., lupus, Epstein barr, as well as many other medical and psychiatric symptoms. (2) They are considered by some to be "hypochondriacal" or "crazy." As a result, many of these patients feel alienated from the mainstream of the health care system. (3,4,5). The recent work of Drs. Fallon and Nields drew attention to the significance of the psychiatric component of chronic Lyme disease. (2,6,7,8,9,10)."
Robert Bransfield, M.D.

URL - http://www.mentalhealthandillness.com/tnaold.html





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