"It is all in your head". An assessment that is all too familiar to many patients with little understood emergent diseases such as ME, PANS or Lyme. Together with the rise of complex chronic illnesses caused by stealth pathogens, we witness a rise of the invention of so-called ‘somatic disorders’. This is of concern to both patients, who are often declared to be suffering from psychiatric illnesses without a proper evaluation of potential biological causes of their symptoms, as well as to their treating physicians. An interview with psychiatrist Robert Bransfield to provide a better understanding of the brain and body interaction and a critical analysis of the real function of these new somatic syndromes.
This extensive list of peer-reviewed references demonstrating the association between Lyme Borreliosis, co-infections and psychiatric symptoms was provided by Robert C Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA, to the New York Senate after the recent hearing on Lyme Disease. As both patients and doctors are struggling with the confusion about the psychiatric expression of Lyme Borreliosis and with the reversal of the causal effect ("is the mental state the cause of the disease or rather a symptom?"), we included this list for you. It may be helpful, for example in dealing with accusations of Child Protective Services.