PANS, PANDAS & Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII)

PANS and PANDAS are severe childhood impairments with symptoms of obsessive-compulsive behaviours, tics or eating restrictions that develop suddenly: conditions that can be accompanied by changes in normal behaviours, personality and mood, decreased cognitive ability and functioning at school, enhanced sensory sensitivities, anxiety or sleep and urinary disturbances.

Although considered to be rare these conditions are increasingly being recognised as causes of sudden onset childhood neuropsychiatric symptoms.  A recent survey by the charity PANS PANDAS UK reveals that 63% of children with these conditions developed school attendance problems and that approximately 1 in 5 parents who had experienced the onset of PANS or PANDAS symptoms, had been accused or threatened with FII or safeguarding concerns.  For further details, click here.

Posted 10 May 2023