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Lyme disease is a bacterial disorder.

As Marzillier, (2009)[1]. points out:

People with undiagnosed Lyme disease may end up in psychological services either because of the psychological consequences of the illness or because the symptoms are mistaken for other disorders. People may be referred for cognitive behaviour therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome, for the psychological manifestations of Lyme disease, for neuropsychological investigation of their cognitive impairments

Link between Lyme disease and mental disordersEdit

Fallon and Nields (1994)[2] in an extensive review identified studies linking Lyme disease with an increased incidence of anorexia nervosa,major depression, OCD, panic, paranoa and schizophrenia.


  1. Marzillier, S.l (2009). Why psychologists need to know about Lyme disease, Clinical Psychology Forum, 194, 37-40
  2. Fallon, BA. & Nields, J.A. (1994). Lyme disease: A neuropsychiatric illness. American Journal of Psychiatry, 141, 1571-1583.

Further readingEdit

  • Fallon, B.A., Nields, J.A. , Liegner, K., DelBene, D. & Liebowitz, M.R. (1992). The neuropsychiatic manifestations of Lyme borreliosis. Psychiatric Quarterly, 63,95-117.

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