In some individuals, an infection can trigger an abnormal immune response, whereby autoantibodies, intended to fight the infection, mistakenly attack healthy cells in the brain, resulting in the onset of neurologic and/or psychiatric symptoms.
Receiving a proper diagnosis and treatment can dramatically change a patient’s life.
She was suspended from kindergarten and diagnosed with various mental disorders. Her parents spent their life savings searching for answers.
Julie R.’s Story
At 5 years old he was diagnosed with ADHD, a mood disorder, compulsive behaviors and thoughts, and oppositional disorder. He was prescribed approximately 15 different psychiatric meds over the years.
Sunny K.’s Story
In 2nd grade, he developed a strep infection and several illnesses including the flu. Shortly afterwards, he began having tics, emotional lability, anger and rage. He had to be homeschooled.
Parker’s Story (Part 1)
At age 10, Parker suddenly developed vocal tics, OCD, psychosis and hallucinations. His mental state was so concerning, he was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Cunningham Panel™ test results helped clinicians determine appropriate treatments.
Parker’s Story (Part 2)
Rare disorder may explain 11-year-old’s sudden odd tics and moodiness (Part 2)
At age 4, Alexia developed a strep throat infection. Within days, she began throwing violent tantrums, was removed from pre-school, started talking about suicide and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital.