Strep can trigger Neuropsychiatric disorders (aka "Mental" Illness)

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Strep can trigger Neuropsychiatric disorders (aka "Mental" Illness)
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Tue, 12-13-2011 - 2:04pm
Researchers Link Common Ailment With Rare Disorders, Such as Behavioral Issues, Tics
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Researchers suspect that the same bacteria that cause strep throat may trigger a reaction that brings a sudden onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder, tics and other neurological changes.

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."


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I've heard of Pandas before on the boards, this was a good article on it.

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Fri, 12-16-2011 - 1:49pm

Along the lines of "PANDAS," the links introduced me to the term "PITAND" which includes PANDAS (from Strep) but also from other infections such as from Lyme.


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In reply to: naomi_njw
Fri, 12-16-2011 - 1:51pm
I've never heard that one before either. Lyme can be such a nasty disease, I'm glad that they are realizing that mental illness can happen from infections.