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Friday, July 7 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Support Group for Parents and Others Caring for Children with PANDAS/PANS

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Parents of children with PANDAS/PANS have higher stress levels than those caring for children suffering from cancer, diabetes, or any other life-threatening condition. The sudden onset of symptoms provides little time to prepare for a 'new norm' that includes not only severe obsessive-compulsive symptoms, but also extreme separation anxiety, mood swings, sensory sensitivities, and other troublesome symptoms. This support group will explore strategies for surviving the acute crisis period in PANDAS and thriving during the months of convalescence. The facilitated discussion will seek pearls of PANDAS/PANS wisdom from experienced parents, as well as expert clinicians.


Sue Swedo, MD

Chief, Pediatrics, NIMH
Susan E. Swedo, M.D., is Chief of the Pediatrics & Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch, NIMH. Her research has focused on diagnosis and treatment of childhood neuropsychiatric conditions, including Sydenham’s chorea, Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD... Read More →

Kyle Williams

Harvard Med School Director;, Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Immunology Program /Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Kyle Williams is the founder and director of the Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Immunology Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Williams has a lifelong interest in OCD, tics, and PANDAS, and treats and... Read More →

Friday July 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Golden Gate B