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PANDAS/PANS treatments, awareness evolve, but some experts skeptical

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Jessica Pupillo

March 2017

An eight-year-old girl named Holland Blandini woke up one morning with light sensitivity, headache, severe anxiety and food aversions. Her family sought a diagnosis for the next two years before receiving proper treatment for their daughter.

In this article, Jessica Pupillo gives an overview of the symptoms, treatments and controversy surrounding PANDAS and PANS. Due to 20 years of controversy, PANDAS is likely underdiagnosed, and parents of children with the disease face significant difficulties when seeking a diagnosis. While there is no debate about childhood OCD itself, diagnosing and treating the root cause of these children’s symptoms presents hurdles and makes recovery times long and challenging.

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