Are My Anxiety and Depression Due to Lyme Disease?

-Dr Richard Horowitz

Tick-borne illnesses imitate common disorders and worsen psychological symptoms.

Lyme disease is known as “the great imitator” and is now spreading worldwide in epidemic proportions, mimicking every known medical condition seen in a doctor’s office. I have seen over 12,000 chronic Lyme disease patients come through my medical center in the last 26 years, and often they tell me the same story: “Doctor, I’ve been to 10-20 physicians in the last several years, always complaining of the same symptoms and no one is able to tell me what is wrong with me. I’m tired. I have aches and pains as well as tingling, numbness and burning sensations all over my body that come and go and migrate. I have headaches and a stiff neck. The light bothers my eyes, and I’m sensitive to sound. I’m often dizzy. My memorydoesn’t work and I can’t concentrate. I have chest pain, palpitations and shortness of breath. I have sleep problems where I can’t fall asleep or frequently wake up in the middle of the night, often with associated sweats and chills. I’m depressed and anxious. The doctors have tried to find a reason for my symptoms, but all of my blood tests are negative. They’ve told me that I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/Myalgic encephalomyelitis), Fibromyalgia, an autoimmune disorder like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or MS, or that it’s all in my head. I’m now on medicine for my anxiety and depression, and I’m still not feeling well. Is there anything else that I can do?”

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