Date change: Pans and Pandas – charity hosts information day at library

GRAYS Library will play host to an awareness-raising information stall on Saturday, 10 August (originally 20 July) about two common, but often misdiagnosed childhood medical conditions.

The conditions ‘PANS and PANDAS’ are infectious or autoimmune brain inflammations and they mimic autism and other conditions but when diagnosed, they can be successfully treated.

PANDAS stands for Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus and PANS stands for Paediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Disorder.

Thurrock mum Ella Vine volunteers for a small charity run by parents called PANS PANDAS UK and the Grays library and says she believes there will be significant interest in people learning about the conditions, which she describes as ‘close to heart heart’ through family connections.

She says: “The way to recognize it is that a healthy child or a child with a mild autism suddenly, often overnight and usually following an infection, develop sever neuropsychiatric symptoms, like tics, OCD, developmental regression, change of personality, aggression, problems at school and in severe cases psychosis and hallucinations.

“Young people and adults can develop it, too. The treatment includes treating the underlying infection and the autoimmune condition and there are significant prospects for a recovery.”