Psychological counseling can also be helpful as means of helping both parents and child understand the condition. Since there are no traumas to uncover, cognitively based counseling which focuses on helping children better understand and reframe their obsessions and fears is most helpful.

Parents might also consider calling a regional medical school or facility to find out if any PANDAS research studies are underway. For example, Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh currently has an open study (http://www.chp.edu/CHP/PANDAS) and can provide up to date information on treatment.

The National Institute of Health provides up to date information on PANDAS and a helpful Q & A on this website: http://intramural.nimh.nih.gov/pdn/web.htm

Published March 31, 2009.


Warren Throckmorton, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychology and Fellow for Psychology and Public Policy at the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College (PA).