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Lyme Disease Can Cause A Host Of Different Mental Illnesses Pest Control NJ

Filed under: Pest Control NJ — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 7:38 am August 8, 2017

Lyme Disease Can Cause A Host Of Different Mental Illnesses | Pest Control NJ Pest Control NJ

Due to the prevalence of lyme disease cases in the United States, you are probably aware of the symptoms that this disease causes. At the very least, those suffering from lyme disease will experience occasional bouts of flu-like symptoms. However, a study published several years ago reveals that lyme disease can result in various psychiatric disorders. You may think that suffering from mental illness as a result of lyme infection is only an exceptionally rare occurrence, but the above mentioned study may convince you otherwise.

This little-known study, published in 2002, claims that one third of psychiatric inpatients had been infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes lyme infection. On a happier note, this particular study also claimed that even the most severe cases of lyme related mental illness could often times be treated successfully with lyme disease medications.

Advanced cases of lyme disease can cause a plethora of different neurological symptoms. These symptoms include memory loss, panic attacks, depression, violent behavior, dyslexia, psychosis, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder, and slowed mental processing speeds. This list only mentions a few of the more serious symptoms of advanced lyme disease. Mental illness has been shown to develop in fifteen to forty percent of late-stage lyme disease cases. What is unfortunate is that only a small percentage of these advanced cases end up being recognized by doctors as results of lyme infection. For those cases in which lyme disease is not recognized as the cause of certain neurological symptoms, the symptoms only become more pronounced.

In cases where lyme disease reaches these late stages of infection, doctors refer to the resultant condition as Neuroborreliosis, or encephalopathy. These two conditions, according to the study’s authors, can cause just about any type of mental illness that exists. So the next time you embark on a peaceful stroll through tick-populated wooded areas, be sure to remember just how devastating tick bits can be to your health and well-being. Try to cover exposed skin, and always check yourself for ticks before returning home.

Were you aware that lyme disease could potentially result in the development of mental illness? Do the results of the study mentioned in this article make you want to avoid all areas where ticks are found?