Has your child suddenly developed OCD, tics, ADHD, anxiety, anorexia, or other difficult behaviors?
Sometimes the explanation for this sudden and severe onset may be as simple as a strep infection.
Beth Alison Maloney is an attorney and advocate for the recognition and treatment of PANDAS/PANS: infection triggered mental illness. She brought the disorder to widespread attention through her memoir, Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD, which chronicles her struggle with the medical community to have her son properly diagnosed and treated. An appearance on The Today Show by Ms. Maloney with Sammy catapulted the disorder from obscurity to national awareness. The book, her first, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, a “stand up and cheer” review from Booklist, and was a finalist in Books for a Better Life. Ms. Maloney then published Childhood Interrupted, the only resource guide about the disorder. She has participated in scores of television appearances, articles, broadcast interviews, conferences, and speaking engagements in the United States, Canada, and Europe to bring attention to the disorder. In 2015, she was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of “5 Things to Know About PANS.” Ms. Maloney is a practicing attorney whose legal skills have caused states and hospitals to return children to their parents when custody has been unjustly awarded to the state because of disagreements between doctors and parents. She has brought key stories to the media, including the exposé about the collaboration between Boston Children’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families to have the state take custody of children over medical disagreements. The story was featured on the front page of The Boston Globe and was covered by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC News, Fox News, and The Glenn Beck Show. The circumstances served as the backdrop for a 2015 New York Times op-ed piece and a 2016 UC Davis Law Review article. Ms. Maloney is nationally recognized for her expertise in “medical kidnapping” cases, a term commonly used to describe when the courts remove the custody of children from their parents due to medical disagreements between physicians and parents.Full Bio