Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is a powerful force in a person’s life. What I have found as the father of a child with severe OCD is even as the person suffers the symptoms and consequences of OCD, so too does the family or those caring for that person. So it is as if the whole family has OCD and has to learn to deal with it as a family.
That is where I come in, I have taken the experience along with training in tools that worked to relieve and treat OCD and the stress and anxiety that surround it and made them into treatments and a practice.
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
“Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder of the brain and behavior. OCD causes severe anxiety in those affected. OCD involves both obsessions and compulsions that take a lot of time and get in the way of important activities the person values.”
Paragraph Taken from International OCD Foundation website: https://iocdf.org/about-ocd/
Then along came P.A.N.D.A.S. and P.A.N.S.
When a child comes down with OCD seemingly out of nowhere, all of a sudden; there is a good chance that the OCD is PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections) or PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome)
There is extensive new research into OCD where they are discovering that OCD or at least some strains of it may be caused by a viral infection such as strep throat. My daughter, we believe, fell into this category. She had a bad case of strep throat just weeks before the onset of the OCD. At the time there was not a lot of information about PANDAS or PANS and there weren’t a lot of doctors who were familiar with the concept.
The research indicates that if the OCD falls under the PANDAS or PANS category it can be resolved using a regime of antibiotics. This is a very new concept, but if we had known this at the beginning our journey through OCD could have been shortened.