Monday, April 30, 2012

Do Bartonella Infections Cause Agitation, Panic Disorder, and Treatment-Resistant Depression?

Here is a page with several articles and study citations about psychiatric problems that are associated with Lyme disease.
Posted 09/13/2007. James L. Schaller, MD, MAR; Glenn A. Burkland, DMD; P.J.
Three patients presented with acute psychiatric disorders associated with
Bartonella-like signs and symptoms. Each had clear exposure to ticks or fleas
and presented with physical symptoms consistent with Bartonella, eg, an enlarged
lymph node near an Ixodes tick bite and bacillary angiomatosis found only in
Bartonella infections. Laboratory findings and the overall general course of the
illnesses seemed consistent with Bartonella infection. Since Bartonella can
clearly cause neurologic disorders, we feel the presence of psychiatric
disorders is a reasonable expectation.
RESULTS-The previously discussed patients with presumed Bartonella seemed to
generally require higher dosing of antidepressants, benzodiazepines, or the use
of antipsychotics in order to function normally. Doses could be reduced as the
presumed signs of Bartonella infection remitted following antibiotic treatment.
All patients improved significantly and nearly achieved their normal, healthy
baseline mental health status.86 References & info about these doctors.
Visit the web page to read the full articles.


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