Anti-inflammatory Augmentation Therapy in Obsessive-compulsive Disorder: A Review

Published: Oct 24, 2020   |   Author: Gabriella True   |   Category: Blog, Research   |   Tags:   |   No Comments

Hanie Ghasemi, Homa Nomani, Amirhossein Sahebkar* and Amir Hooshang Mohammadpour*, “Anti-inflammatory Augmentation Therapy in Obsessive-compulsive Disorder: A Review”, Letters in Drug Design & Discovery (2020) 17: 1198. DOI: 10.2174/1570180817999200520122910 Anti-inflammatory […]

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A Long Slow Road to PANS PANDAS Recovery

A Long Slow Road to PANS PANDAS Recovery

Published: Oct 22, 2020   |   Author: Gabriella True   |   Category: Blog, Featured on Homepage, Personal Stories   |   2 Comments

Around 4th grade, Sylvie was at a friend’s house, and I received a call that she wanted to come home. She was scared as she had seen something upsetting on TV; turns out it was a cat that had fallen from a roof and broken its leg. It was a little strange that she had such a strong reaction, and afterward, she was withdrawn. Soon after, Sylvie came home from school and said she could no longer eat because she was afraid of choking and dying. She loved food and, prior to this, ate with gusto. We struggled and cajoled her into eating; the whole family got involved, and after about two weeks of extremely slow eating and chewing, she got back to somewhat normal.

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The Wall Was Hard to See

The Wall Was Hard to See

Published: Oct 3, 2020   |   Author: Gabriella True   |   Category: Blog, Featured on Homepage, Personal Stories   |   No Comments

This story exemplifies how it is sometimes hard to see the sudden onset or sudden worsening of PANS PANDAS symptoms as you are living (struggling) through it. Remember, someone with PANS PANDAS does not need to be 100% free of all symptoms, behaviors, delays, etc. before onset; symptoms can pile up. The boy featured in this story had several challenges prior to diagnosis. Hence, as his parents, providers, and educators kept trying new therapies, seeing gains then seeing the loss of those gains, it was hard to see the big picture and identify those periods of sudden onset and sudden worsening of symptoms. It was not until medical issues in his sibling were identified, including Bartonella, strep, and mycoplasma, was PANS PANDAS considered. Then the pieces fell into place, and it was easier to see when he had hit walls – i.e., when he had periods of regression and sudden worsening of behaviors.

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Overview of Lyme & Tick Borne Illness  – Dr. Moorcroft

Overview of Lyme & Tick Borne Illness – Dr. Moorcroft

Published: Aug 27, 2020   |   Author: Gabriella True   |   Category: Blog, Featured on Homepage, Tick-Borne Illness   |   Tags: , , ,   |   No Comments

“Education is critical to know what is out there. If we can identify cases of Lyme disease early, we can treat them right away. Then we decrease the likelihood of an infection leading to chronic infection and symptoms. We also can bring those numbers down. Awareness and education are really critical; we can actually prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.” Dr. Tom

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