The Role of ERP Therapy for PANS/PANDAS

The Role of ERP Therapy for PANS/PANDAS

Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) and Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) are complex conditions often misunderstood or misdiagnosed. At OCD North, we understand how crucial it is to spread awareness so that signs and symptoms can be recognized quickly and children can access the support they need.

PANS/PANDAS typically presents with sudden and severe onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), tics, anxiety, and other neuropsychiatric symptoms in children following an infection, particularly strep throat. Diagnosis involves ruling out other conditions through thorough medical and psychiatric evaluations.

     Treatment for PANS/PANDAS often involves a multidisciplinary approach, involving medications to address underlying infections and inflammation, in addition to Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy. ERP therapy helps individuals manage OCD symptoms by exposing them to anxiety-provoking triggers and teaching healthy coping mechanisms.

ERP therapists will often collaborate with other professionals such as pediatricians, immunologists, and psychiatrists to ensure those effected by PANS/PANDAS are receiving the best support possible. They also provide psychoeducation to families so they can feel empowered to support and advocate for their child’s needs.

Connecting with a therapist who understands the complexities of PANS/PANDAS and offers the best evidence-based interventions like ERP therapy, can make a significant impact on the lives of children and families affected by these conditions. Our team of ERP experts strive to create a community of understanding, support, and recovery. To learn more, book a free consultation here.

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