Doctor explains PANDAS: How the psychological, neurological condition impacts brain

Dr. Susan Swedo of the National Institute of Mental Health first identified PANDAS as a behavior disorder in children 20 years ago
1:39 | 07/20/18

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Transcript for Doctor explains PANDAS: How the psychological, neurological condition impacts brain
You've never heard of pan does your hardly alone. In fact no one had heard that before this woman doctor Susan suite O of the national institute of mental health. First identified at twenty years ago. I just studied children and try and understand what's wrong with them how to help them. While it conjures up images of the cute and cuddly bears. Hand as he actually in Akron and pediatric autoimmune neuro psychiatric disorders associated with strapped. What is Pam and its simplest form. The wrong strip. Wrong kid impacts the brain and gives rise to behavioral symptoms. Powell. Sweet O says normally when children get strapped their immune systems create antibodies to fight the infection. But with certain kids the immune system malfunction. Those antibodies start attacking healthy cells and even worse they sneak across what's called the blood brain beer here. And it's designed to protect its assigned to protect the very. We now know that that would bring barrier can become leaky it's as if the and a bodies are attacking. The break in a way yes and once the brain is in. They did Sweden says that's when children can very rapidly exhibit a wide range of psychiatric and girl launch problem. Some as severe as the kind both Parker and Alexia had. It's a traditional mindset OCD is gradual comes over a period of days or weeks pandas OCD comes out overnight a medical lightning strike like old strike that's.

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