Sometimes when children present with difficult behaviors, they are given a mental health diagnosis without considering whether an infection might be the root cause of the disorder. When the child’s behaviors are the result of strep antibodies attacking the basal ganglia of the brain, the condition is known as PANDAS: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Strep. Once the condition is triggered by strep, subsequent exacerbations can be caused by other bacteria or viruses such as the flu. When a child comes down with inexplicable mental health symptoms, and strep is not the reason, there may be another infectious cause of the behaviors and that is known as Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). Lyme and mycoplasma are examples of what might be the reason. Even COVID has been recognized to cause mental health symptoms in children.
Many doctors still refuse to accept the research and the link between infections and mental health issues, which results in children remaining needlessly sick.