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Thinking, Neurological, and Mood Issues with Lyme

Thinking, Neurological, and Mood Issues with Lyme

Thinking Problems
  • Concentration

  • Memory

  • Thinking

  • 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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