Can Your Child Catch a Mental Illness?

Have you ever heard of PANDAS?  When Beth Maloney’s middle son Sammy was 12, he was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and then Tourette Syndrome. Confined to their home by the horror of his illness, a lifelong placement seemed his likely fate -- until Beth learned that a strep infection might be the cause (a disorder known as PANDAS). Most doctors said she was wrong but she followed her mother’s instincts and now her son Sammy is fully recovered.

Beth joined us to share her story detailed in her book, Saving Sammy-- A Mother's Fight to Cure Her Son's OCD.  Children affected by PANDAS can have any combination of the following symptoms:

  • Cognitive inflexibility, difficult to reason with, as if stuck on an idea,
  • Obsessive/repetitive/compulsive argumentative behaviors,
  • TICS (repetitive vocalizations of body movements),
  • Tourette Syndrome,
  • Attention deficits and oppositional/defiant behaviors
  • Eating disorders

For more information on PANDAS, click here.  For more information on Beth and her book, visit her website.




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