Treating Psychiatric Lyme Symptoms with Disulfiram Leading expert on how Lyme disease affects the brain finds that disulfiram can help.

By Dorothy Kupcha Leland

Kristina Bauer, a Lyme advocate, patient, and mother of four children with congenital Lyme disease, is the founder of the Texas Lyme Alliance.

A fter she became interested in the use of disulfiram for treating Lyme disease, she started a Facebook support group called Disulfiram Experience for Lyme and a website called Disulfiram for Lyme.

psychiatrist Robert Bransfield MD - Lyme disease - depression and suicideThe website features several video interviews with doctors and researchers about treating Lyme with disulfiram. In her latest interview, Bauer speaks to psychiatrist Robert Bransfield, MD, a leading expert on how Lyme disease affects the brain—and how disulfiram can help.

(Disulfiram, also known as Antabuse, was used for decades to help treat alcoholism. It has recently been repurposed to treat Lyme disease. Read more about the drug here.)

Dr. Bransfield is an expert on Lyme-related suicide. While no formal statistics are kept on what contributes to the 45,000 suicides per year in the United States, he estimates that some 1,200 are likely attributable to depression and other brain manifestations that can result from chronic Lyme disease.

For over 30 years, he has treated Lyme patients who have psychiatric symptoms. Since 2018, he has put more than 60 of them on disulfiram, with good results.

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