Lyme and Feeling Crazy
Do I have LYME – Or am I just CRAZY?
Stage 3 LYME – or Autoimmune Lyme can easily effect the brain. When it does, it often leads people to a variety of diagnoses: ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Panic, Fear, Anger, Bi-Polar, Chronic Fatigue, Chemical Imbalances, Fetal Alcohol/Drug Syndrome, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, PTSD, Post Concussive, Chronic Pain, Mood Disorders, Thyroid and other Hormone imbalances, Autoimmune disorders, and more.
Neurobehavioral disorders such as listed above, share many features in common, so many that I and others who treat patients from a neurological and functional medical perspective see them as a spectrum or what I call, a ‘circle’ of one disorder. Honestly, I am against labeling a patient with a diagnosis; believing that a name given to a collection of symptoms simply forces one to own the disability, I think it is wiser to teach the patient to understand ‘why’ the symptoms are present and help them through the process of correcting the reason they are there.
Without finding the CAUSE, what good is a LABEL
In the past we referred to such neurobehavioral disorders as Disabilities, Mood Disorders or Chemical Imbalances; currently these terms have fallen the way of both neurological and political incorrectness. Functional Neurologists like to call them ‘Disconnection Syndromes’.
Anxiety, Depression, Panic, Fear, Anger, Bi-Polar, Chronic Fatigue, Chemical Imbalances and Mood Disorders fit directly into the same mold as Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Autism to name but a few, and may be viewed as points in a ‘circle’ of Disconnection Syndromes in which those points share features in common. The etiologies or causes of these Disconnection Syndromes share a common bond as well and we might add other brain degenerative conditions to the mix as well such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and the dementias.
Though we give these disorders separate names and ICD (diagnostic) codes to classify them for insurance reimbursement and drug clarification, this book will explore their similarities and the way a functional neurologist may explore the possible solutions.
Though each Disconnection Syndrome may vary as to the part of the brain that is affected, I like to view these disorders as points on a circle:
Panic Attacks LYME Brain Paranoia
Dementia Loss of Empathy
Chronic pain, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other issues like post-concussion syndrome fit into this picture as well and understanding the very simple fact that the brain controls everything will help the reader understand. These can ALL be final outcomes of someone with Lyme. As Lyme begins to effect the brain, inflammation blocks neuronal pathways and leads to a variety of issues depending on WHICH pathways are damaged!