Date of Award

7-29-2022

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Amir Garakani, MD, DFAPA

Abstract

Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne illness in North America. Post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome is defined as a subset of patients appropriately treated for Lyme disease who continue to experience generalized symptoms, such as depression. However, treatment options for depressive symptoms in post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome largely remain unknown. The objective of this study is to examine whether computerized cognitive behavioral therapy, an internet-delivered form of traditional cognitive behavioral therapy, can reduce depressive symptoms in patients with post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. Here, we conduct a parallel randomized controlled trial to evaluate whether computerized cognitive behavioral therapy can reduce depressive symptoms in this population. Insights into the effect of computerized cognitive behavioral therapy for these patients can help us develop more targeted therapeutic strategies for patients with post-treatment Lyme disease Syndrome in the future.

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