Lyme disease is a serious condition that affects hundreds of thousands of people each year. While the physical symptoms are often well known, many people do not realize that Lyme disease can also have a devastating impact on mental health. Psychiatric Lyme is a little-known form of the disease that affects a person's mental and emotional wellbeing, and it has been called a silent epidemic due to its lack of awareness. In this blog post, we'll be discussing the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric Lyme, as well as how to cope with its effects.
What is Psychiatric Lyme?
Psychiatric Lyme is an illness caused by a bacterial infection spread by ticks and other insects, known as Borrelia Burgdorferi, as well as other co-infections. This infection can have far-reaching effects on the body, including but not limited to cognitive and neurological disorders, memory loss, and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Psychiatric Lyme is often treated with a combination of antibiotics, homeopathics, and lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, because of its wide-ranging symptoms, psychiatric Lyme can often be difficult to diagnose and treat.
The Link Between Lyme and Mental Illness
Lyme disease is an increasingly common and complex illness that can cause physical and psychological symptoms. Recent studies have revealed a strong connection between Lyme and mental illness, especially when Lyme co-infections are present. Mental health problems associated with Lyme include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and even psychosis.
The link between Lyme and mental illness is believed to be due to the disruption of the immune system caused by Lyme bacteria. Lyme and its accompanying co-infections, such as Bartonella or babesia, can cause inflammation in the brain, leading to memory loss and cognitive deficits. This can trigger mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.
Lyme bacteria can also lead to hormonal imbalances, which can also cause mental health issues such as mood swings, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. In extreme cases, Lyme bacteria can cause a person to experience psychosis.
Homeopathics can be used to address the underlying causes of psychiatric Lyme and clear the bacteria itself. These approaches aim to reduce inflammation in the body, helping to restore balance to the immune system and allowing for the resolution of any mental health symptoms associated with Lyme.
Lyme and Anxiety
Anxiety is one of the most commonly reported psychological symptoms in those who have been diagnosed with Lyme Disease. Anxiety can be debilitating and can interfere with an individual's ability to live a normal life. Symptoms of anxiety can include racing thoughts, excessive worrying, difficulty sleeping, panic attacks, restlessness, and irritability.
The link between Lyme Disease and anxiety has been demonstrated through numerous studies. A study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that individuals with Lyme Disease had higher levels of anxiety than those without the disease. It was also shown that this anxiety was associated with the severity of the infection and the amount of time it had been left untreated.
It is believed that Lyme Disease can cause changes in neurotransmitter functioning which can lead to anxiety.
People with Lyme Disease may also experience cognitive symptoms such as memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and confusion which can contribute to anxiety. In addition, many people who have been diagnosed with Lyme Disease experience significant physical pain which can be a major factor in causing feelings of anxiety.
For those suffering from Lyme-induced anxiety, there are treatments available that may be able to reduce the severity of symptoms. Homeopathy can be beneficial for reducing feelings of anxiousness and fear. Cognitive-behavioral therapy may also be recommended to help an individual cope with their anxiety.
Lyme and Depression
Depression is a common symptom associated with Lyme disease, and for good reason. Lyme bacteria can trigger an immune response that can cause inflammation in the brain, leading to an increase of neurotransmitters and hormones associated with depression. Additionally, memory loss caused by the bacteria may make it more difficult to remember and process information, leading to depressive thoughts and behaviors.
Homeopathics are often used to address depression related to Lyme disease. Homeopathic remedies such as Hypericum, Ambra Grisea, Ignatia, and Phosphorus are commonly prescribed as they are thought to help reduce symptoms of depression. These remedies should only be used under the guidance of a homeopath.
Lyme and Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. Recent research has identified a link between Lyme disease and bipolar disorder. People who suffer from Lyme disease may be at an increased risk of developing bipolar disorder or experiencing worsened symptoms of the condition.
People with bipolar disorder may experience extreme highs and lows in their moods, ranging from manic episodes to severe depression. Symptoms of bipolar disorder can include: feelings of extreme elation, decreased need for sleep, increased activity and goal-directed behavior, impulsiveness, racing thoughts, irritability, and memory loss.
In a study conducted by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), it was found that people who tested positive for Lyme disease were more than twice as likely to have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder as those who tested negative for Lyme disease. Further research suggests that the presence of Lyme disease in the body can worsen existing bipolar disorder symptoms or increase the risk of developing the condition.
When it comes to treating the link between Lyme and bipolar disorder, homeopathy is particularly effective. Homeopathic remedies such as Ledum palustre and Arsenicum album are commonly used to reduce the symptoms of both Lyme disease and bipolar disorder. Homeopathic treatment works by helping to strengthen the body’s natural healing processes and restoring balance to the physical and mental systems. By treating both conditions simultaneously, homeopathy can help to improve overall mental health and reduce memory loss associated with bipolar disorder.
Lyme and Psychosis
The link between Lyme Disease and psychosis is still being studied, but recent evidence suggests that there may be a connection between the two conditions. Memory loss is one of the most significant symptoms associated with Lyme disease and it can affect cognitive function, leading to confusion and even psychotic-like symptoms.
Psychotic-like symptoms can include hallucinations, paranoia, delusions, disordered thinking, and agitation. It is possible that Lyme disease can cause or contribute to the development of psychosis in those already susceptible to mental illness. It is also possible that the presence of a Lyme infection can worsen existing psychosis in some individuals. Further research is needed to determine the full extent of the connection between Lyme Disease and psychosis.
Treatment for Psychiatric Lyme
When it comes to treating psychiatric Lyme, homeopathic approaches are the most effective. Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine that focuses on addressing the root causes of physical and mental health conditions. It is effective in relieving symptoms related to psychiatric Lyme such as anxiety, depression, and memory loss. Homeopathic remedies often include natural ingredients like plants, herbs, minerals, and vitamins that have been used for centuries to promote healing and balance.
Homeopathic treatments can also include lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise that support overall health and well-being. Additionally, there are specific treatments used to address psychiatric Lyme, such as detoxification protocols, herbal formulas, vitamin and mineral supplementation, neurotherapy, and hypnosis. Each treatment is tailored to the individual patient's needs, so it is important to work with a healthcare practitioner to find the best possible course of treatment.
Homeopathy is an effective tool for treating psychiatric Lyme because it works to address the underlying causes of the condition rather than simply treating the symptoms. It is important to note, however, that homeopathic treatments should always be used in conjunction with traditional medical therapies. When treating psychiatric Lyme, it is essential to work with a healthcare practitioner who is knowledgeable about both conventional and homeopathic treatments.