Identifying Lyme In The Schools

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

The Teacher

· Lethargy, fatigue · Difficulty remaining in class
· Moodiness, depression, anxiety 
· Early morning absences 
· Withdrawal from peers 
· Erratic academic performance 
· Headaches or other physical complaints 
· Declining grades
· Behavioral problems 
· Attentional disorders 
· Speaking and writing difficulty 
· Poor concentration and memory 
· Declining school attendance
· Tardiness








The School Nurse

· Frequent headaches · Gastrointestinal symptoms
· Joint pain, twitching  · Vision Problems 
· Dizziness, disorientation  · Depression, anxiety, mood swings 
· Sleep disturbance  · Severe PMS
· Sensitivity to sound, light, or other stimulation  · Profound fatigue 







The Guidance Counselor

· Difficulty maintaining a full schedule                     · Decline in academic performance
· Erratic attendance, tardiness  · Withdrawal from peers
· Difficulty remaining in class  · Change to lower functioning peer group 
· Behavior problems 






Note: Lyme disease symptoms may be persistent or transitory.


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Sandy Berenbaum, LCSW, BCD
Family Connections Center for Children
Offices in Brewster, NY and Southbury, CT
Ph: (203) 240-7787 Fax: (203) 405-6200


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