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Lyme Disease Heightens Risk of Mental Disorders, Suicidality, Study Finds

Campers stand at the edge of the water at sunset watching the stars come out, with the CanLyme logo floating in the foreground.

[CanLyme Note: In Canada the situation is amplified by the complete denial of diagnosis, the over confidence in knowingly poor tests, and the very intentional misinformation campaign waged by members of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada. The individual with chronic Lyme disease is denied access to effective disease treatment and instead is marginalized within the healthcare system which in and of itself causes depression and the feeling of hopelessness.]


People in Denmark diagnosed with Lyme disease in a hospital went on to have 28% higher rates of mental disorders and were twice as likely to have attempted suicide, compared with those without the diagnosis, according to a study published Wednesday in AJP in Advance. Having more than one episode of Lyme disease was associated with a higher rate of mental disorders, affective disorders, and suicide attempts.

According to the CDC, nearly half a million people a year in the United States are treated for Lyme disease (also known as Lyme borreliosis), the most common vector-borne disease, and the areas where Lyme disease is common are expanding.

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