lyme and tick borne illnesses
Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne illness in the U.S. Lyme borreliosis is a serious illness and is most often transmitted together with other tick-borne infections. These can include Babesia, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Bartonella and Rickettsia as well as others. Patients typically suffer from a wide constellation of symptoms which are frequently mistaken for other diagnoses.
Patients dealing with Lyme disease very often suffer from neuropsychiatric complications related to the illness.
These can present as everything from autism spectrum disorders, psychotic disorders, ADHD and mood disorders to OCD and anxiety. In addition, patients can have memory problems, irritability and rage, sleep problems and difficulty with concentration.
Nervous system irritability is a common presenting symptom with what can range from extreme sound and light sensitivity to seizures.
Dr. Williams has been diagnosing and treating neuropsychiatric manifestations of Lyme disease since 2004. She is on the Board of Directors of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society and is a regular speaker at the annual conferences. She received her training in the ILADS physician training program in 2004. She regularly collaborates with other doctors who see Lyme patients locally, in California and on the East Coast.