Monday, September 28, 2009

Strep-Induced Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - AOL Health

Strep-Induced Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - AOL Health:

Boy Diagnosed With Strep-Caused OCD
By Jordan Lite

Beth Maloney’s son, Sammy, had everything going for him. But seemingly overnight, the smart 12-year-old became a different person: He walked around with his eyes closed, feeling everything in front of him. He wouldn’t sleep in his bed or sit in his seat at the kitchen table. He wouldn’t eat unless he first held his breath. He held his ears and hopped everywhere he went. Eventually, he could not bring himself shower.

A psychiatrist diagnosed Sammy with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), in which patients are plagued by persistent, uncontrollable thoughts and behaviors. Later, the diagnosis changed to Tourette’s syndrome, characterized by compulsive tics. Sammy went to therapy and took medication, neither of which helped, Maloney says.

Watch Sammy and his mother, Beth, on The Today Show. Story continues below video.

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