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Some people who die by suicide do not show any warning signs.

Untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.

Suicide Warning Signs

Suicide Symptoms

Infections affecting the brain can cause a person to experience a variety of mild to severe signs and symptoms. Lyme and tick borne disease infections are no exception.

A recent study estimates there are approximately 1,200 deaths from Lyme related suicides each year in the United States. Source

Support From The Lyme Community- Lyme disease support group leaders are volunteers working to assist people as they are able (not on call 24/7).

None of them are formally trained to advise, handle or treat mild to severe depression or psychiatric issues.

Professional avenues of support should be explored immediately if someone is having emotional or mental health issues.

It doesn’t matter if the person at risk has Lyme disease or any other condition when it comes to requiring help for depression, anxiety or any mental illnesses. A Lyme patient does not need to seek out Lyme literate professionals in this case.

The most important steps to take are to enlist the help of a trained psychiatrist or psychologist ASAP, and have the person in need treated until stable. Other medical conditions can be addressed once that is accomplished.

If the person requiring assistance has a Lyme treating health care professional you can call their office for a referral. They should have a list of people they refer their patients to for psychiatric intervention and treatment, and they should be notified of the current situation.

Lyme Treating Health Care Professionals- Nationwide

Last Updated- April 2019

Lucy Barnes