View Full Version : Childhood disorder prompts study of infection link to mental illness

12-08-11, 11:46 AM
By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2011

Cases of children suddenly exhibiting obsessive-compulsive disorder after strep has led to studies that reinforce the belief that some mental illnesses can be triggered by an immune response.

Brody Kennedy was a typical sixth-grader who loved to hang out with friends in Castaic and play video games. A strep-throat infection in October caused him to miss a couple of days of school, but he was eager to rejoin his classmates, recalls his mother, Tracy.

Then, a week after Brody became ill, he awoke one morning to find his world was no longer safe. Paranoid about germs and obsessed with cleanliness, he refused to touch things and showered several times a day. His fear prevented him from attending school, and he insisted on wearing nothing but a sheet or demanding that his mother microwave his clothes or heat them in the dryer before dressing.

So began a horrific battle with a sudden-onset mental illness that was diagnosed as pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus, or PANDAS. The puzzling name describes children who have obsessive-compulsive disorder that occurs suddenly — and often dramatically — within days or weeks of a simple infection, such as strep throat.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-ocd-strep-20111205,0,1049449.story

12-08-11, 01:15 PM
All the nutrition groups I've belonged to, especially GAPS, talked about kids with PANDAS. It is devastating to the child and the family. However, a diet like GAPS or The Body Ecology Diet gradually heals these kids.