Did you know that in addition to it being OCD Awareness Week, today is PANDAS Awareness Day?
Learn more about PANDAS/PANS at https://kids.iocdf.org/what-is-ocd/pandas!
The PANDAS that I’m talking about has nothing to do with these guys …
… and everything to do with childhood strep throat.
PANDAS = Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections
PANDAS describes a set of children in whom an ordinary bacterial strep infection can turn into a neuropsychiatric disorder. The strep seems to cause the body’s immune system to build up antibodies that – who knows why – turn traitor and attack the basal ganglia in the brain.
In other words, a simple case of strep throat gone to hell.
Sometimes a child gets strep throat, and the body gets confused– instead of fighting off the bacteria, it attacks the basal ganglia … which leads to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The first time I had an intake with a psychiatrist, she asked about my past medical issues. “Ummm … I broke my elbow twice,” I said, thinking…
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