Are you saying that a strep infection caused your son’s mental illness?
Yes, strep has been linked to OCD, Tourette Syndrome, Anxiety, Anorexia, Trichotillomania (hair pulling), and a host of other behavioral disorders.
How does strep cause obsessive compulsive disorder?
Strep antibodies attack the brain, similarly to the way strep antibodies attack the heart in rheumatic fever.
What does PANDAS mean?
It’s an abbreviation for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections.
Was it easy to find treatment for PANDAS?
No, it was extremely difficult. Many doctors don’t believe that PANDAS exists, but I’m working hard to change that.
What inspired you to write the book?
I made a promise to God that I would get the information out about PANDAS, and I wrote the book that I wish someone had handed me. It would have saved us years of heartbreak.