Search Results for: PANDAS

New Research Investigates How PANDAS Affects the Brain, and How One Treatment May Work: Brain, Behavior, & Immunity

by Chris Pittenger, MD, PhD This work was funded in part by a 2015 IOCDF Research Grant to Luciana Frick with significant contributions from Kyle Williams.  This article was initially published in the Summer 2018 edition of the OCD Newsletter.  For most people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), symptoms appear gradually over time. However, some children… Read more »


“My child was fine last week, last month – and now I have lost her. This is not my child; what has happened??? What do I do??” For every parent of a child with an illness, especially a mental illness, there is a unique story of how and when the illness struck. But when you… Read more »

Differential Diagnosis of OCD or PANDAS/PANS

If you have a patient presenting with repetitive behaviors and chronic anxiety, it may be obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or it may be a subtype of OCD: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS)/Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). There are recognizable differences between these conditions: Pediatric OCD PANDAS/PANS  Age Typically see first onset between… Read more »

Signs & Symptoms of PANDAS/PANS

Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS) is the sudden, rapid-onset of obsessive compulsive behavior, as well as possible movement and behavioral abnormalities, following a Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A Strep) infection. The condition is hypothesized to be the result of autoimmune antibodies mistakenly attacking an area of the brain, the basal ganglia, rather than… Read more »

How to Use the Resource Directory

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From the Experts

Below you will find links to more in-depth articles covering a wide range of topics related in OCD in Kids & Teens. The articles in this section were written by mental health professionals and researchers who are experts in pediatric OCD. We would like to thank all of our contributors to this excellent resource. Special… Read more »

The March Edition of “Spotlight: Pediatric OCD News & Research Updates” is here!

The second edition of Spotlight: Pediatric OCD News & Research Updates is here! As a reminder, this quarterly blog series brings you the latest research news and information concerning pediatric OCD, from highlighting work by members of our Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board to the latest headlines in journals and popular media alike. This blog series is part of our… Read more »

Introducing “Spotlight: OCD News & Research Updates”

Welcome to Spotlight, a new blog series aimed at bringing you the latest research news and information concerning OCD and related disorders. Each quarter, we’ll also round up the biggest and most interesting news in the field of pediatric OCD research — from highlighting work by members of our Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board to the… Read more »

About This Website

The International OCD Foundation is dedicated to providing resources for OCD and related disorders, including pediatric OCD. On our main website,, we provide many resources for adults affected by obsessive compulsive disorder. Many of the resources on (such as our events, membership, Resource Directory, etc.) will still apply, but we also know there are some issues specific… Read more »