Join the  NYC+ PANDAS/PANS Awareness Group – Friday, June 1, 2018 – 7:30 PM

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, as many as 1 in 200 children in the US may suffer from PANDAS/PANS, a post infectious autoimmune encephalitis caused by streptococcus. Many of these children are misdiagnosed and mislabeled as having psychiatric and behavioral disorders. Anorexia, OCD, Depression, Separation Anxiety and loss of cognitive skills are some of the symptoms that are never associated with an infection, especially something so common as streptococcus. Emmy nominated director Tim Sorel, tracks the journey of six children and their families as they become tangled in the nightmare of a medical system where there is fierce disagreement about how to help these children. It also tells the struggle of Dr. Susan Swedo who linked strep to these debilitating mental health conditions.

There will be a discussion of the film after the screening

 The Call for Action:

  • Educate medical and mental health professionals
  • Train educators and parents to recognize the signs
  • Research money: to develop a treatment protocol
  • Insurance code that supports current treatments

Further Information about PANDAS/PANS:

NIMH:  https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/pandas/index.shtml

PANDAS Physicians Network:  https://www.pandasppn.org/

Movie is not yet rated – Strongly advice viewing for ages 16 and over