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phyl6648
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Does lyme cause depression/ anxiety or are these two separate issues and have to be treated separately ?

It just dawned on me maybe I am clinically depressed with anxiety and need to be treating if this is gone I know my lyme symptoms would be far less or think they would.

Oh I stay so confused and my doctor is clueless because I am so complicated as she puts it.

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Yes, lyme definitely causes depression/anxiety. So does bart. Maybe it's time to find a better doc. I would go for the best doc you can afford (an ILADS doc). Sometimes getting a fresh new perspective with an ILADS doc makes all the difference.

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Try this link. Dr. Fallon at Columbia U is a psychiatrist who used to specialize in hypochondria. Now he's done research proving that Lyme causes depression.

http://www2.lymenet.org/85256613000317b5/1bbeaa0c4dbd0d058525670a00093a6b/87e8dfed931381b7852567c70012001f

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Well...I looked up Brian Fallon because what I just posted didn't sound quite right. He is an MD at Columbia who teaches in the psychiatry department. Maybe that doesn't make him a psychiatrist, I don't know, but anyway he does fabulous and interesting research.
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Yes. He is a psychiatrist.
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Toxins in a human body have severe effects. Depression is often just one of many ramifications.

Lyme is one of the most neurotoxic infections known to mankind. Other tick-borne infections can be devasting in many ways, too, including the toxic load - but also "unravel" our very nerve fibers, so to speak. All systems, all organs are on "red-alert" so, naturally, mood is going to be affected, too.

It's sad, of course, but it does make sense. Yet, along the way, there are many things that can help.

Bottom line:

1. somehow, infection(s) must be assertively addressed

2. along with key support measures - to offset the serious neurotoxicity (and inflammation)
of infection that causes the depression in so many ways.

Liver, adrenal & myelin (nerve tissue) support are a good place to begin with the support measures. Getting enough protein can be a turn-a-round, too.

Gotu Kola is one herb that has many functions. That has always helped to lift my mood, without being stimulating or sedating. Within a day or two, this just makes me feel better, it's so nourishing and balancing.
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phyl6648
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Since treating my sinus infection my anxiety and depression is gone. Hope it stays away. ENT said sinus/ear pressure cause Pressure on brain and in some will cause anxiety/depression.

Not sure if this is true but for now seems good!!! to not feel so mental..

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