Archive for Author: WBMA

What is PANS?

OVERVIEW In a previous post, we described the diagnosis of PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus) and some of the potential difficulties related to diagnosis. In this post, the diagnosis of PANS (Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome) will...

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What is PANDAS?

OVERVIEW The goal of this post is to describe the diagnosis of PANDAS: Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus FEATURES OF PANDAS PANDAS is a group of neurological and psychiatric symptoms that are associated with streptococcal infections. Streptococcus...

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When is sadness a medical problem?

OVERVIEW Our prior post discussed when anxiety should be considered a medical problem. Much like anxiety, everyone has occasional feelings of sadness. The goal of this post is to identify features of sadness that might be suggestive of a...

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When is anxiety a medical disorder?

OVERVIEW Everyone has feelings of anxiety. Normal anxiety is an adaptive response to stress, meaning that the sensation of feeling anxious can be helpful. For example, anxiety about a math test can cause a student to work harder when...

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Depression and Concussion: Concussion 103

OVERVIEW A previous post explored some of the risk factors for prolonged symptoms following concussion. A risk factor is a thing (a variable) that increases the chances that another thing will happen (an outcome). For example, playing football is...

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