State of Mind with Debra Sloss
State of Mind with Debra Sloss
Mental Health Effects of Lyme Disease

Episode #18: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Judith Ain and Family Medicine Physician Assistant and Integrative Medicine Specialist Dr. Cynthia Quattro to discuss the tick-borne illness Lyme Disease and the mental health effects associated with this. Judith shares her personal story of trying to figure out what was happening as her health deteriorated how she got diagnosed with Lyme Disease, sought treatment, and learned to live with the long-term symptoms. She talks about the impact that discouragement and fatigue have had on her life how she continues to find ways to care for herself, manage her symptoms, and contribute to her community. Dr. Quattro offers information about the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease and how to access diagnosis and treatment from Lyme Literate providers who are doctors with extensive experience with Lyme disease, and common co-infections. She also offers information about integrative treatment approaches.

Broadcast: 5/3/20

Special thanks to Jeanne Baldzikowski for audio production and to Jennifer Young, who assists with research and outreach. And finally, thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing, and donating the use of our theme music.

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Article About Preventive Measures
Santa Cruz Sentinel. (2019). ‘Officials urge caution as tick season begins: Western black-legged ticks, common in winter, can transmit Lyme. (online) Santa Cruz Sentinel, 22 December.

Dr. Cynthia Quattro’s website. Integrative medicine specialist (uses medicine, acupuncture and nutrition) who specializes in chronic illnesses including Lyme Disease. Website offers a free ebook on Integrative Medicine treatment of Lyme disease. Office: (831) 476-1886 or (831) 427 5311
Email:, Website:

Five Branches University – Santa Cruz Clinic
Providing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and integrative healthcare to the Santa Cruz community since 1984.

Dr. Warren Klausner’s website – a  local doctor who treats Lyme Disease.
Page also includes a link to a tool that can help people assess the likelihood that they might have Lyme and or other Tick-borne diseases.

IGeneX – a well respected lab that tests for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases

The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society – a resource to find Lyme literate doctors

Bay Area Lyme Foundation – free tick testing – education and information, research & advocacy. Publishes the Lyme Times.

MyLymeData–  Patient data base. MyLymeData uses big data research tools that allow patients to quickly and privately pool their data to determine which treatments work best.

Multiple Systemic Infectious Diseases Syndrome (MSIDS) QUESTIONAIRE
 “MSIDS is a symptom complex of Lyme disease and multiple associated tick-borne co- infections that encompasses not only infections with Borrelia burgdorferi, the etiological agent of Lyme Disease, but also other bacterial infections, viral infections, parasitic infections, and fungal infections.”

Psychiatric Lyme Disease Brochure for Mental Health Professionals by ILADS
What every mental health specialist should know about Lyme and tick-borne illness.

The California Department of Public Health has some helpful information on prevention of tick-borne diseases

Santa Cruz County Mosquito Abatement and Vector Control provides information on tick removal and related diseases, plus free tick identification Monday through Friday 8-3:30. Please call ahead for service availability at 831-454-2590 or

Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease  by Richard Horowitz

Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence  by Rick Hanson

Under Your Skin – a powerful documentary about Lyme Disease

Mindfulness & Other Resources
Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief. Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life with Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Kaiser Permanente –Guided Meditations  – Free guided meditations for various health conditions and wellness topics.

Good Medicine – How to Turn Pain into Compassion with Tonglen Meditation Practice:
Meditation by Pema Chodron

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Capacitar Emergency Response Tool Kit– Capacitar exercises are offered to be used at times when we feel drained, scattered or depressed. These tools are for all of us, whether we are survivors of trauma, caregivers working with others or persons overwhelmed and stressed by daily life. .pdf and – information and technology to foster cardiac coherence.

Counseling & Therapy Services

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