By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When people talk about Lyme disease they talk about issues like arthritis, but Lyme can do far more damage in other areas.READ MORE: WATCH: Penn Student Calls For Sixers To Fire Doc Rivers During Graduation Ceremony
For instance, as Lyme disease progresses, it can attack the nervous system producing learning disabilities, mood swings, anxiety and depression, panic attacks, obsessive behavior, sudden rages and other psychiatric diagnoses.READ MORE: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Votes From Hospital With Emergency Absentee Ballot After Suffering Stroke
The more we learn about this, the more we realize the complexity. For instance, a recent European study found that psychiatric in-patients are nearly twice as likely as the average population to test positive for Lyme, and the National Institutes of Health are currently sponsoring a major study of neuropsychiatric Lyme disease in an effort to illuminate specific changes in the brain.MORE NEWS: Poll Workers At Kimmel Center Say Pa. Primary Election Turnout Down Considerably From 2020 Presidential Campaign
The term to describe this is psychiatric Lyme disease.