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This is a rare health issue in children. PANDAS stands for ‘Pediatric Autoimmune Neuro-psychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep’. This is characterized by a sudden onset of OCD after an illness. It got it’s name from strep as it was associated with strep when it was diagnosed, but it can be caused by other viruses or bacteria as well.
Sometimes children grow out of it and sometimes they don’t. This can be a devastating problem to have especially if you don’t know what it is or what is going on to cause these strange symptoms. As many people probably know that OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder, is a disorder that is characterized by having to touch or tap things a certain number of times or having to check things like the stove or iron several times to be sure you turned them off, or having to say certain words a certain number of times or a more common problem of having to wash hands several times a day because of an irrational fear of germs. These are just some of the many varied symptoms that can accompany this problem.
These compulsions and obsessions are prompted by irrational fears. The part of the brain that rationalizes and makes decisions doesn’t work correctly and thoughts can get ‘stuck’ and a feeling of unease can ensue. It’s also an anxiety issue.
If one suspects they or a loved one has this problem they need to seek help immediately as the sooner treatment can start the better. A psychiatrist is usually the doctor that would diagnose this as it is usually out of the expertise of pediatricians. Allopathic treatment usually involves CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy and/or medication.
Healthcare professionals who want to try and get to the root cause of this problem look at mercury toxicity, low minerals, and/or a miasm as some of the causes. When a sudden onset occurs then it is helpful to talk with your doctor about possible pituitary damage or some other possible damage to some portion of the brain. It’s also critical that the proper tests are ordered and interpreted correctly to get a true picture of what’s going on.
There are natural products and procedures that often help with this problem as well. A good doctor who also uses natural medicine should be sought to get to the bottom of this problem and hopefully help the body and brain heal itself.
With the proper care and treatment this problem can get better and the sooner treatment starts the better.
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