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|Occasionally, children can suddenly develop OCD [Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder], or have a sudden worsening of existing OCD symptoms, when they have strep throat. It seems that the body forms antibodies against the streptococci bacteria. These antibodies attack certain key areas in the brain, leading to OCD symptoms or worsening of existing symptoms. Treatment of the strep infection with antibiotics results in significant improvement or even elimination fo the OCD symptoms. This relatively rare reaction to strep is called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections—PANDAS.|
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder By Bruce M. Hyman and Cherry Pedrick (a psychotherapist and a nurse, respectively)
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