FIGHTING LYME

: The Psychiatric and Cognative Effects of Lyme Disease And Co-Infections

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month. Throughtout the entire month this blog will be dedicated to:

  • Raising awareness of the existance of Chronic Lyme (sometimes called Post Treatment Lyme by the CDC)
  • Dispersing information regarding Lyme Disease and its effects on the psychiatric and mental health of those infected
  • Sharing the stories of those who suffer from long-term Chronic Lyme Disease
  • Sharing information about testing, treatment and diagnosis
  • Sharing information about how to deal with the mental issues that often surround a chronic illness

Did You Know

  1. National surveillance for Lyme disease began in 1982 and since then the number of reported cases has grown over 25-fold
  2. Between 1990 and 2015, the number of reported cases in the U.S. doubled.2 The disease has also spread geographically.
  3. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the U.S.
  4. Dispite this information, the CDC does not recognize the existence of Chronic Lyme Disease, therefore making diagnosys and treatment difficult if not impossible for many sufferers
  5. Each year approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC.1However, this number does not reflect all cases diagnosed in the U.S. Following two studies by the CDC, researchers estimate 10 times that number are infected with Lyme disease each year, for a total ranging between 296,000 and 376,000 cases.
  6. Lyme disease is often called “the great imitator,”2 as it may mimic a number of other disorders, such as arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer’s disease.
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