Lyme disease may cause psychiatric problems

July 24th, 2015 Daniel Calder St. Petersburg Mental Health Examiner

Perhaps the most devastating symptoms produced by Lyme disease infection occur when the disease spreads to the brain. While Lyme disease can have a latency period of months, or even years, before symptoms develop, the bacterial infection can travel to the brain within weeks of infection. While depression rates among those with the infection can range between 26 percent to 66 percent, neurological and psychiatric symptoms can be much more severe.

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