Lyme Disease Heightens Risk of Mental Disorders, Suicidality, Study Finds

People in Denmark diagnosed with Lyme disease in a hospital went on to have 28% higher rates of mental disorders and were twice as likely to have attempted suicide, compared with those without the diagnosis, according to astudy published Wednesday inAJP in Advance. Having more than one episode of Lyme disease was associated with a higher rate of mental disorders, affective disorders, and suicide attempts.According to theCDC, nearly half a million people a year in the United States are treated for Lyme disease (also known as Lyme borreliosis), the most common vector-borne disease, and the areas where Lyme disease is common are expanding. Several studies have pointed to a connection between Lyme disease and psychiatric manifestations in people with untreated infection as well as months to years after antibiotic therapy, wrote Brian A. Fallon, M.D., M.P.H., of Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute and colleagues. The current study is believed to be the first large population-based study examining the relationship between Lyme disease and psychiatric outcomes.The researchers analyzed patient medical records for the nearly 7 million people living in Denmark and compared individuals diagnosed with Lyme disease in a hospital setting (n=12,616) with those without this diagnosis. Specifically, they examined cases of various mental disorders and suicidality among all individuals and adjusted the results based on known risk factors for mental illness such as sex, ...
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OBJECTIVE: Lyme borreliosis is a tick-borne infectious disease that may confer an increased risk of mental disorders, but previous studies have been hampered by methodological limitations, including small sample sizes. The authors used a nationwide retrosp...
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CONCLUSIONS: Individuals diagnosed with Lyme borreliosis in the hospital setting had an increased risk of mental disorders, affective disorders, suicide attempts, and suicide. Although the absolute population risk is low, clinicians should be aware of potential psychiatric sequelae of this global disease.PMID:34315282 | DOI:10.1176/appi.ajp.2021.20091347
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