The Link Between My Lyme Disease and Mental Health


Credit: Slide from Dr. Jane Marks’s lecture to American Psychiatric Association NY Branch, Lenox Hill Hospital, November 12, 2016

Roughly 11 years ago, I walked out of my room and turned off the light switch. Instead of walking down the stairs, I turned back around and touched every pillow on my bed five times. This happened every day for the next few months. Touching objects repeatedly is a recognizable trait of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and so naturally, after being taken to the doctor, I was diagnosed with OCD. Doctors encouraged therapy, and they believed it would adequately manage the condition. And it did. That is, until it reappeared in other forms.  (Go to link for article)



This patient speaks of mental fatigue, depression, OCD, and stabbing pain, common symptoms of Lyme/MSIDS.

The really good news is after only 1 month of Lyme treatment, 80% of her psychiatric symptoms were gone.  GONE.

For more:

Please see this excellent presentation by Dr. Jane Marke:


(If you are only interested in psychiatric symptoms, scroll to around minute 28)


Dr. Jane Marke:  Mental Illness or Lyme Disease?

Lecture to American Psychiatric Association NY Branch, Lenox Hill Hospital, November 12, 2016

Lyme (Borreliosis) has become a very common illness; every state in the country has areas infested with ticks. Patients dealing with Lyme suffer neuro-psychiatric complications that are related directly to the illness, as well as to the emotional challenges and lack of support which often accompanies this difficult illness.

Many doctors are convinced that after a short course of antibiotics patients should be well. The huge number of people still ill years after a course of antibiotics belie this assertion.

Patients with Lyme, and related tick-borne disease, can have symptoms which mimic every known psychiatric syndrome. Treatment aimed directly at symptoms can relieve suffering rather quickly.

These symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • “brain fog”
  • obsessive-compulsive symptoms
  • depersonalization
  • depression
  • rages

But antibiotics are needed to undermine the root cause of the illness: the bacteria that causes Lyme: Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme is so common, that at this point in time, a large percentage of my patients have the illness. Almost everybody knows someone with this illness. It’s something we always have to keep in mind.

If you have Lyme, you deserve excellent treatment, no matter how briefly or how long you have been ill.

You deserve a Lyme-literate physician.

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Lyme disease is one of the fastest spreading infectious diseases in the world.
Lyme disease is almost twice as common as breast cancer and six times more common than HIV/AIDS!
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