Thinking, Neurological, and Mood Issues with Lyme

Thinking Problems

Making decisions

Neurological Symptoms

  • Lyme disease can cause physical, cognitive, and psychiatric symptoms.
  • Symptoms may come and go from week to week, day to day, or even during the day.
  • They can vary in intensity throughout the day.
  • A person can suddenly get a terrible pain in the knee. It may be fine in a few minutes, and then the elbow may suddenly hurt intensely.
  • A headache may last for years but may vary in intensity throughout the day.
  • The ability to concentrate and to comprehend oral and written speech may vary throughout the day.
  • Blurry vision may come and go from day to day.
  • Lyme can affect the brain, heart, vision, and hearing.
  • People can suddenly not recognize familiar places.

Speaking and Conversation Problems

Conversation problems can come and go throughout the day.

It can be difficult to:

  • Think of the right words to say.
  • Put words in the right order in sentences.
  • Hold a thought long enough to finish a sentence.
  • Episodes of stuttering and jumbled speech can occur.


 Mood and Psychiatric Symptoms

  • Personality changes
  • Mood swings
  • Violent outbursts
  • Visual and/or auditory hallucinations
  • Panic attacks
  • Sudden suicidal impulses
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • A wide variety of psychiatric disorders

When these conditions are caused by Lyme disease, antibiotic treatment often helps tremendously.

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