One of the problems with discussing Morgellons is that the argument tends to be polarized by the issue of mental illness. Inevitably, the people who believe they have Morgellons (“Morgellons sufferers”) will accuse their doctors and other skeptics of explaining away their symptoms with “delusions or parasitosis”, or some other mental disorder, and ignoring their physical symptoms.
In reality things are no so black and white. Let me try to clarify my position here, since I feel it’s been misinterpreted.
It is very clear that people with Morgellons do not all have the same problem. In fact the cases discussed on boards such as Lymebusters are very varied.
Some Morgellons sufferers might have a single physical condition. Some might have more that one.
Some Morgellons sufferers might have a single mental condition. Some might have more that one.
Some Morgellons sufferers might have physical conditions, but not mental conditions.
Some Morgellons sufferers might have mental conditions, but not physical conditions.
Some Morgellons sufferers might have both physical and mental conditions.
Let me be very clear here, my UNCHANGED position on this topic is:
I do not think that all Morgellons sufferers are mentally ill.
And just to emphasise this a little more, I’ve changed the word “and” in line 3 of my header to “and/or”.
Lesions are real, and there a number of things that can cause them, including many known diseases, mostly physical, some mental.
Fibers are real, and there a number of things that can cause them. But as yet, no known disease causes fibers to emerge from lesions. No credible evidence suggests that fibers are emerging from the skin.