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Could your "Difficult" Child be Misdiagnosed?


In this video, Dr. Zendi Moldenhauer and Lori DiBartolo discuss Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS/PANDAS) - the symptoms, treatment options, and how you can help raise awareness of this serious condition.

Rages, Oppositional Defiance, Worsening School Performance, High Anxiety, OCD Behaviors, Irritability, Aggression, ADHD behaviors, Food Aversions, Sensory Issues, Mood Swings, Urinary Accidents, Verbal or Motor Tics, Sleep Disturbances, and the list goes on...

These are just some of the symptoms that can be associated with Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS/PANDAS) – one of the most misdiagnosed conditions seriously impacting our children and their families.

It is estimated that a child will see more than 5 doctors before being properly diagnosed and that as many as 1 on 200 kids have this condition.

PANS/PANDAS is a condition where the immune system attacks the brain, causing inflammation and myriad symptoms mistaken for psychological conditions such as ADHD, OCD, and Bipolar Disorder.

Unless treatment addresses the root cause of the inflammation, it can become a life-long condition.

The reality is that we all probably know someone who has a child suffering from PANS/PANDAS and you can help bring this condition to their attention.

If you would like to learn more about PANS/PANDAS, we have a class available that covers the following topics:

  • Deep dive into the condition & common causes
  • What a comprehensive testing plan should look like
  • Treatment phases & options
  • School and family support
  • Parenting strategies for kids with PANS/PANDAS
  • How to find a qualified provider
  • How to be a smart healthcare "shopper"

>> Sign up for the class here

Here are a few of our favorite websites on PANS/PANDAS:

New England PANS/PANDAS Association  

PANDAS Physician Network  


If your organization is interested in Dr. Zendi coming to speak on this or other mental health topics, please contact us at [email protected] 



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