Strep can trigger Neuropsychiatric disorders (aka "Mental" Illness)
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|Tue, 12-13-2011 - 2:04pm|
Research is just beginning into the condition known as Pandas (for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus). That's when the same Group A streptococcus bacteria seem to trigger an autoimmune reaction that brings a sudden onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), tics and other neurological changes, including anxiety, irritability, hyperactivity, anorexia and urinary problems.
"Parents have used the word 'possessed,' " says Susan Swedo, chief of pediatrics and developmental neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health who first made the connection to strep in the mid-1990s. "Their sweet, wonderful child turns into a monster seemingly overnight."