PANDAS also known as Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infection is rarely seen in those over the age of 12. PANDAS may occur when a child suddenly has OCD or tic-related symptoms following a strep infection. The symptoms appear to happen extremely sudden and may cause the child to become obsessive, compulsive, edgy, moody, irritated or anxious. Like all disorders mentioned, a professional must diagnose PANDAS.

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Craig Shimasaki, PhD, MBA, discusses the definition of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infection (PANDAS). There are multiple symptoms associated with PANDAS, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Craig Shimasaki, PhD, MBA, discusses how although step throat is very common among children, only a small percentage of those children develop pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infection (PANDAS). This condition is often under-diagnosed.

Craig Shimasaki, PhD, MBA discusses how pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infection (PANDAS) manifests in a variety of different ways. One of the most common symptoms is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Bed-wetting, anorexia, and motor ticks are other symptoms. This is due to an autoimmune reaction that influences the functions of the brain.

Craig Shimasaki, PhD, MBA, discusses the pathology of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infection (PANDAS). Learn more about molecular mimicry here:

Craig Shimasaki, PhD, MBA, discusses treatment options for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infection (PANDAS). Treatment for PANDAS typically involves focusing on the biology of what the root cause is, meaning the infection in the immune system. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other types of therapy are also included in treatment.

Craig Shimasaki, PhD, MBA, discusses diagnosing pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infection (PANDAS). Clinicians look for the acute onset, which means a child is normal one day, but then the next day, the child has phobias, fears, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Clinicians also look for a recent streptococcal infection. Learn more about PANDAS at www.peaceofmind.com.