I IMPLORE EVERYONE: VIEW SHORT PSA
THEN DISTRIBUTE EVERYWHERE
PLEASE: DO NOT LET ANOTHER CHILD SUFFER AS HAS MY DAUGHTER DUE TO PANDAS/PANS IGNORANCE!
With support from leading Harvard Medical School psychiatrist, Dr. Michael Jenike, countless parents, advocates and members of the medical community with the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) NEEDS to educate parents, physicians, school nurses, therapist’s, psychiatrist’s, etc. about infections which can trigger mental illnesses like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and much more.
PANDAS and PANS may result from untreated infections such as Strep, Lyme, Mycoplasma, H1N1 and Mono. Our bodies immune system is a complex cascade of mechanism’s to specifically protect against infection. One major component of this cascade is the production of antibodies which ‘attack’ invading infectious agents. However, in PANS, formerly PANDAS, these antibodies can sometimes mistakenly attack a specific area of the brain, in addition to the invading organism. The area of the brain which becomes attacked is responsible for regulation of emotions, behaviors, physical movements, etc. The result of this mistaken attack is often manifested by sudden, severe onset of OCD like behavior’s and/or other mental illnesses such as eating disorders, tics, etc..
In addition to OCD, signs of PANDAS or PANS can include a child who suddenly behaves like a much younger child or who suddenly cannot separate from a parent. Children may begin bed-wetting again or develop daytime urinary urgency, tics, and/or a worsening of motor skills or handwriting. Parents often say, “This is not my child. She was not like this yesterday.”
If anyone recognizes these symptoms developing seemingly overnight, along with a glaring change in the child’s personality and/or behavior, they should immediately have their child tested for the aforementioned causation illnesses. If positive, any active infections MUST be immediately treated with antibiotics in order to counteract these symptoms resulting in PANS. If tests are negative, perhaps, titer levels need be assessed.
Dr. Michael Jenike, of the Harvard Medical School and Chair of the International OCD Foundation Scientific Advisory Board, is featured in a separate video message that targets fellow physicians. Unfortunately, due to a lack of awareness, many doctors around the country do not know how to properly treat children exhibiting PANS/PANDAS symptoms. Dr. Jenike’s video PSA message speaks to doctors nationwide, and urges them to learn more about the disorder and how to effectively treat it.
“Often a course of antibiotics can eliminate the psychiatric symptoms and may save a child from lifelong mental illness,” says Jenike.
To learn more about PANDAS and PANS, please visit the IOCDF’s website, http://www.ocfoundation.org