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Re: Prevalence of depression in Lyme = 7 in 1000 ?

Posted by linkadge on May 1, 2018, at 7:03:34

In reply to Prevalence of depression in Lyme = 7 in 1000 ?, posted by SLS on May 1, 2018, at 6:40:51

Thanks for digging this up SLS. The calculation makes sense.

Even if 100% of Lymes patients developed depression, that would only account for 2% of the total cases of depression.

329,000/16,200,000 = 2%

Now, it is possible that some of the cases of depression are misdiagnosed (and are in fact due to Lymes disease).

However, if 9/10 cases of depression were due to Lymes:

0.9 x 16.2 million = 14.58 million

14.58 million - 329,000 = 14,251,000

This would mean there were at least 14.3 million cases of undiagnosed Lymes disease, or in other words, the incidence of Lymes is more than 46 FOLD higher than it currently believed.

I think another way to filter through this would be to compare rates of depression in countries / regions with high Lymes prevalence, vs. those with low prevalence.





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