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06/14/2021

Lyme Disease, Kids and Mental Illness: Are Tick-borne Infections Contributing to the Epidemic in Mental Illness?

Have you heard of a condition called autoimmune encephalitis or “brain on fire”? It’s a swelling of the brain that can present with severe physical and mental symptoms, and it can be caused by tick-borne pathogens, including bartonella and mycoplasma. Dr. Dan Kinderlehrer recently conducted a study of 10 randomly selected adolescent patients with psychiatric symptoms so severe that they couldn’t function at school or at home to see if there was a correlation with tick-borne diseases.