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Lyme Disease Awareness Month

It’s that time of year again – May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme Disease is on the rise in Canada and the number of people infected is growing at an alarming rate

(http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/lyme-disease-1.3585784).

Lyme Disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferia bacteria, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick.  In the Spring, ticks are particularly concerning as there are more nymph ticks which are about the size of a poppy seed and, therefore, difficult to detect. Lyme awareness is key to prevention.  Diagnosis, however, can be tricky as blood tests are notoriously unreliable and Lyme Disease can mimic a wide range of other illnesses, including psychiatric problems.   People with Lyme can often present with anxiety, panic attacks, depression or sleep disorders.   Mental health professionals need to include Lyme Disease as part of their differential diagnosis, if a patient presents with atypical symptoms.   If you think you have the symptoms of Lyme Disease, contact your medical doctor.   Below is a link to the most common symptoms of Lyme Disease.

http://www.lymeresearchalliance.org/signs-symptom-list.html