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Lyme and tick-borne diseases: A primer for mental health practitioners.

Trunzo, J. J., Statlender, S. M., Leventhal, J. G., Reece, L., Berenbaum, S., & Bransfield, R. (2022). Lyme and tick-borne diseases: A primer for mental health practitioners. Practice Innovations. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/pri0000163

Lyme and other tick-borne diseases can cause complex, multisystemic symptoms that pose diagnostic and treatment challenges. This article presents essential information about these infectious diseases and associated medical and neuropsychiatric symptoms. Knowledge of the full range of infection-driven symptoms with these diseases will enable mental health practitioners to (a) avoid misdiagnosis of their patients with a primary psychiatric disorder, (b) facilitate referrals for appropriate medical evaluation and treatment, and (c) help alleviate the suffering caused by these diseases. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)

Impact Statement

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases can have profound effects on mental health, quality of life, and the general functioning of individuals and family members. This article provides guidance for behavioral health clinicians on treating patients who are suffering from these diseases. It addresses essential issues related to diagnosis, treatment, and the collateral support needs of this complex population. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)

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