More recently, studies show evidence to suggest some mental illness may have a pathogen-related cause (ie: Lyme/Bartonella may be linked to some anxiety/psychosis/schizophrenia-like symptoms). We have an epidemic of pathogenic species affecting our health and mental health and a medical system lacking in proper testing and treatment options. In my experience, many unexplained symptoms — from constant fatigue, pain, tics, neurological changes, to anxiety and depression — often have a root cause anchored in pathogens.
Navigating our medical system when we are struggling with many confusing and serious ailments can be utterly challenging. Worse, going to numerous doctors who may not find answers for you or make you feel as if you are crazy or feigning symptoms, can make you feel alone and frightened. Mainstream CDC guidelines are inherently erroneously perpetuating undiagnosed Lyme and the testing options are lacking specificities to identify pathogenic species that may be present in your body. Misdiagnosis, untreated pathogens and worsening symptoms can make anyone feel hopeless and angry. I am a Lyme-literate therapist and provide counseling and natural medicine.
Children may display rapidly changing behaviors with sudden onset OCD, anxiety, irritability, tics, reduced eating patterns, regressive behavior and handwriting, and deterioration in attention and school performance. Many pathogens can cause this sudden change, from Strep, Mycoplasmas, and Lyme pathogens, to name a few falling in the PANDAS/PANS category. Only recently, has our medical community begun to address these serious conditions affecting numerous children. Untreated, symptoms may worsen over time creating neurological and autoimmune syndromes. Identification through specialized lab work and proper treatment has the potential to reverse these debilitating and intensely stressful and scary illnesses. Early treatment is imperative.
COVID has certainly taken us all by surprise, although viruses have historically affected many peoples immune responses, acute or chronic, concurrently and behind the scenes, when other more obvious pathogens may be present. For overall health and wellness, focusing on immune support is critical and the best way to do that is with natural medicine. Together we can create a treatment plan specific for your needs!