Identify Lyme in Schools

LYME DISEASE IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

IDENTIFYING LYME IN THE SCHOOLS

By Sandy Berenbaum

How a child or adolescent with undiagnosed Lyme disease might present to:

The Teacher

• Lethargy, fatigue

• Moodiness, depression, anxiety

• Withdrawal from peers

• Headaches or other physical complaints

• Behavioral problems

• Speaking and writing difficulty

• Declining school attendance

• Difficulty remaining in class

• Early morning absences

• Erratic academic performance

• Declining grades

• Attentional disorders

• Poor concentration and memory

• Tardiness

The School Nurse

• Frequent headaches

• Joint pain, twitching

• Dizziness, disorientation

• Sleep disturbance

• Sensitivity to sound, light, or other

stimulation

• Gastrointestinal symptoms

• Vision problems

• Depression, anxiety, mood swings

• Severe PMS

• Profound fatigue

The Guidance Counselor

• Difficulty maintaining a full schedule

• Erratic attendance, tardiness

• Difficulty remaining in class

• Behavioral problems

• Decline in academic performance

• Withdrawal from peers

• Change to lower functioning peer group

Note: Lyme disease symptoms may be persistent or transitory.

Sandy Berenbaum, LCSW, BCD, Lyme-Literate Psychotherapist

Family Connections Center For Counseling

Offices in Brewster, NY and Southbury, CT

Phone: (203) 240-7787

http://www.lymefamilies.com/