Accused Teen in Bomb Plot has PANDAS

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Accused Teen in Bomb Plot has PANDAS
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Fri, 05-31-2013 - 3:10pm

The Oregon teen that is accused of planning a "Columbine-type" of attack on his high school is reported by his mom to suffer from PANDAS: 

In a statement issued through a lawyer Monday, Marianne Fox, Acord’s mother, indicated that Grant had Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS), a type of OCD typically triggered by strep throat or scarlet fever.

Parents of affected kids describe sudden, explosive changes in behavior, with normally mild-mannered children becoming agitated, even violent.

“My heart goes out to everyone affected by Grant's struggle with PANDAS, a rare form of OCD,” the statement said.

“I grieve for my son, but understand and support the efforts of law enforcement to keep our beloved community safe. This is a challenging and confusing time for everyone who knows Grant.  I will have no further comment while I wait with the rest of you to see what unfolds.”

Read more: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/28/18532565-oregon-teen-charged-with-attempted-murder-in-alleged-bomb-plot?lite

I hope that this boy and his parents get the help he needs, and glad that nobody was hurt.  Any thoughts on this story?

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Thu, 06-06-2013 - 9:33am

This is so sad. There are so many stories of parents trying to get help for their child -- whether above or below age 18 -- but when the medical issues are affecting the brain, we treat it so very differently than when it doesn't. We relegate it to the realm of "emotional/behavioral" and do not give appropriate assistance. Then again, it shouldn't matter whether it is a family dysfunction problem, OR purely medical, we NEED to start investing in families and our youth. We, as a society, NEED to be proactive rather than reactive and PUNITIVE! We have no problem spending 100's of thousands of dollars incarcerating a person, but not a thousand providing help to a family so the child will hopefully become a contributing member of (a safer) society.


www. It's Not Mental .com


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Thu, 06-06-2013 - 2:42pm
Totally agree!!!