The article, Neuroinflammation and psychiatric illness by Dr. Souhel Najjar et al. discusses “the pathogenic role of neuroinflammation in psychiatric illness”.
This isn’t necessarily a “beginner’s” article, but some fascinating topics are mentioned throughout.
Within the article, is a section devoted to PANDAS, titled “PANDAS and pure obsessive-compulsive disorder associated with anti-basal ganglia/thalamic autoantibodies”. However, one can . . . → Read More: Neuroinflammation and Psychiatric Illness
The NIMH will be hosting a tweet chat on May 8 as part of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to noon ET.
The NIMH’s Dr. Susan Swedo and Dr. Paul Grant are scheduled to participate.
If you are interested in taking part, you will need a twitter account. From 11-12 ET on 5/8/2013, simply search . . . → Read More: NIMH to Host PANDAS Tweet Chat 5/8/2013
Child Mind Institute published the new article, “PANDAS and PANS: About Acute-Onset OCD, New category, new thinking, old controversy”.
The following is an excerpt from the article:
Parents use words like “abrupt,” “overnight,” and “out of the blue.” The symptoms, they say, went “from zero to 60.” The child, who had been happy and untroubled, . . . → Read More: Child Mind Institute PANDAS/PANS Article
The article “Rare strep throat complication can cause OCD behaviors, tics” features the Martin family and their son, Chris. Chris experienced sudden onset PANDAS symptoms along with stomach aches and restlessness. Upon detection of strep infection (without sore throat or fever), a diagnosis of PANDAS was made. Chris has made improvements since beginning treatment. We . . . → Read More: PANDAS in the News: The Martin Family
Across the nation, PANDAS families have been reaching out to the media to spread continued awareness and edcuate the public about PANDAS and PANS. The Nawara family from Naperville, IL is now added to that list of people who are opening up about their experience with the disorder in the article “Mom . . . → Read More: The Nawara Family: PANDAS in the News
Susan Swedo, M.D. a pioneer in PANDAS research at NIMH, talks about “Clinical Clues to Environmental Triggers, Lessons from the PANDAS Subgroup” circa 2006.
She discusses clinical clues that take doctors to the environmental triggers. Medical models for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and more on the ubiquitous strep bacteria.
What is PANDAS?
PANDAS is a pediatric autoimmune disorder characterized by the dramatic onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms such as obsessions, compulsions, motor or vocal tics [Swedo1997]. PANDAS is thought to be similar to Sydenham Chorea where there is dramatic symptom exacerbation following a strep infection [Kirvan2006].
Signs and Symptoms:
Children with PANDAS must be . . . → Read More: PANDAS Fact Sheet