I've just been reading a paper on Lyme disease and I came across this paragraph on personality changes. I thought I would share it considering Dr. Jemseck spoke about it at the Lyme Conference. Oh, how I would have loved for me and my loved ones to know this a few years ago. It would have possibly prevented many a stressful situation.
"Personality changes are nearly universal in Lyme encephalopathy with emotional and expressive incontinence being typical. Usually there is a baseline irritability which fluctuates. Patients with LD encephalopathy react to even mild degrees of stress with frustration, anger or crying spells out of proportion to the situation. Emotions can reach escape velocity and rages can become volcanic with a momentum beyond volitional control. Unpleasantness is inevitable due to volatile tempers, super critical dispositions, and impatience with themselves or others. Lyme patients can be easily irritated by anyone just walking into the same room even though eye contact is never made or words exchanged. Low threshold exasperation in unexpected circumstances is not uncommon. Thus a parent responds to an infant's needs with anger and frustration. Perpetrators of "shaken baby syndrome" recapitulate an emotional response indistinguishable from that of a Lyme patient whose encephalopathy is out of control".
I pretty much tick all the boxes above! Just as well I don't have any kinds : )
Here's a link to the paper , written by Dr. John D. Bleiweiss, a pioneer in the chronic Lyme world, and who unfortunately died fighting for the cause... It discusses man other interesting aspects of Lyme Disease.