Neuropsychiatric Disorders & Syndromes (PANDAS/PANS)

Neuropsychiatric Disorders & Syndromes (PANDAS/PANS) , Pediatric Integrative Specialty Services
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PANDAS/PANS Q & A

What is PANDAS/PANS?

PANDAS = Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infection

PANS = Pediatric Acute Neuropsychiatric Syndrome

Both are syndromes of brain inflammation marked by misdirected autoimmune responses to streptococcus, other bacterial, viral, environmental or immune dysfunction.

PANDAS and PANS are clinical diagnoses with abrupt the onset of obsessive compulsive disorder and/or restricted food intake occurring with two or more of the following accompanying symptoms:

  • Behavioral regression
  • Phobias/Anxiety
  • Frequent urination
  • Sensory issues
  • Motor regression such as worsening handwriting
  • Deteriorating school performance
  • Sleep disturbance

Symptoms are remitting and relapsing

What treatments are offered for PANDAS/PANS?

  • Remove sources of inflammation with antimicrobial medication as indicated
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory diet
  • Treat disturbances of the immune system with immune modulation and/or anti-inflammatory therapies
  • Stress reduction

If you are motivated and committed to making lifelong diet and lifestyle changes, are interested in helping your child learn and appreciate some of the approaches that are often only offered to adults - like yoga, mindfulness, and nutritional education - contact Dr. Standing today to reserve a seat at her next free dinner talk. Should you choose to work with Dr. Standing she will begin by meeting with both parents so together you can determine the best plan for you and your child. Dr. Standing’s 4 to 6-month comprehensive programs include individual sessions with Dr. Standing, a health coach, exercise specialists, reading material, group classes and online video material. Dr. Standing and her team will work closely with your family to mentor you through each step of the process to make sure you feel supported. As you and Dr. Standing discover what works for your child, you can help them develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.

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