Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessions and/or compulsions.
A child or adolescent with obsessions may:
Obsessions are repeating, uncontrollable, and intrusive thoughts, impulses, or images that cause anxiety or distress.
Does your child or adolescent:
Compulsions are repeated behaviors that relieve distress caused by obsessions.
Some children develop OCD symptoms and tics after a strep infection, such as strep throat. This is known as pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infection, or PANDAS.
Symptoms can look very similar to typical OCD symptoms. However, they start soon after a strep infection.
Researchers are trying to find the best way to diagnose and treat PANDAS. Infectious disease experts recommend treating strep infections with antibiotics and treating OCD symptoms and tics with standard treatment for OCD and tics.
Repeated streptococcal infections need to be treated appropriately. If your child has a fever and sore throat, ask your pediatrician to take a throat culture to check for strep.
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