Most recent American Psychiatric Association guidelines… check for Lyme disease in evaluation.

[CanLyme Note: The wording indicates locally endemic infectious diseases so that would also include the known co-infections of Lyme and other vector-borne diseases.  We need to find out what the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) guidelines are relative to infectious diseases.  CanLyme has asked the CPA for their position on this. Limiting their investigation to the current anti-body testing model may miss many cases.]

Statement 4. APA suggests (2C) that the initial psychiatric evaluation of a patient also include assessment of the following:…

  • Past or current infectious disease, including sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis C, and locally endemic infectious diseases such as Lyme disease

  • Past or current neurological or neurocognitive disorders or symptoms

  • Past or current symptoms or conditions associated with significant pain and discomfort

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