"I don't know of any convincing evidence that Lyme disease can cause violence or psychosis," Gary Wormser, MD, tells WebMD. Wormser is director of the Lyme Disease Center and chief of infectious diseases at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y.
"We can be clear Lyme disease does not lead to psychotic and violent behaviors," William Schaffner, MD, tells WebMD. Schaffner is president-elect of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and chair of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
"In that part of Illinois, that this person lived in, it would be almost unheard of to have true Lyme disease," he says. "But so many people get misdiagnosed because of doctors sending samples to labs that give unreliable results. I would not be surprised if this individual were misdiagnosed."
Patients with late-stage Lyme disease may present with
a variety of neurological and psychiatric problems,
ranging from mild to severe. These include:
finding things, getting lost)
o Slowed processing of information
Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing infectious
about 3-4 years ago, before i started treatment. I used to be very moody and mean. Anything would set me off. Everyday, at about 2-4pm i would get this very mean and bad attitude. I would have to go home and get a nap. I remember how i would just want to run cars off the road to get out of my way. Such a horrible way to live.
Now fast forward 3 years. I only did antibiotics and antimalarials. I never took any anti depressents or phsycological type drugs in my entire life. But i'm 100% better now. Calm, happy and laid back. I don't get the insane nap urgency feeling anymore. So what made me not act like a mean jerk anymore? Antibiotics and antimalarials.