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Strep Throat Could Trigger Debilitating Mental Illness In Kids

October 12, 2019


PULLED INTO IT AND TOOK IT. BALDWIN FOLLOWED THE MAN AND PUNCHED HIM. HIS PAST BEHAVIOR GOT THEM KICKED OFF AN AIRPLANE, KICKED OFF THE SHOW ON NBC, AND ARRESTED FOR BIKING THE WRONG WAY. MANY PARENTS DON’T REALIZE STREP THROAT CAN TRIGGER A DEBILITATING MENTAL ILLNESS. AND, AS DR. MALLIKA MARSHALL EXPLAINS, IT IS OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD AND MISS A — AND MISDIAGNOSED. Reporter: HE LOVES MUSIC AND SPENDING TIME WITH HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS, BUT THAT WASN’T ALWAYS THE CASE. MY SISTER SUSIE, I WOULDN’T GO NEAR HER. Reporter: HIS PARANOIA AND SEVERE OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER WAS DEVASTATING AND SEEM TO POP OUT OF NOWHERE WHEN HE WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD. MACKEY WAS SICK IN THE FALL. WE KNEW RIGHT AWAY SOMETHING WAS WRONG. HE WAS CRYING A LOT AND SCREAMING A LOT. Reporter: IN AND OUT OF DOCTORS OFFICES, THE FAMILY STRUGGLED TO FIND AN ANSWER AND TELL THE DOCTOR SUGGESTED IT COULD BE A NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDER ASSOCIATED WITH STREP INFECTIONS. I CAN’T BREATHE. Reporter: A RECENT DOCUMENTARY TELLS THE STORY OF SEVERAL FAMILIES WHOSE CHILDREN SUFFER FROM THE DISORDER AFTER RECOVERING FROM STREP THROAT. THE VIOLENT OUTBURSTS. THE TICS. THE TANTRUMS. YOUR NORMAL LIFE IS GONE OVERNIGHT. HE WAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT KID. A DIFFERENT KID IN THE SAME BODY. Reporter: THE DOCUMENTARY IS CALLED, MY KID IS NOT CRAZY, BECAUSE OFTEN CHILDREN ARE MISDIAGNOSED. DOCTOR KYLE WILLIAMS HAS TREATED 700 CHILDREN WITH THE DISORDER BUT SAYS IT IS DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHEN SYMPTOMS ARE CAUSED BY STREP AND WHEN IT IS A MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER. THERE IS A LOT OF CONTROVERSY OVER WHETHER IT EXISTS. Reporter: TREATMENT CAN ALSO BE CONTROVERSIAL. THE FAMILY MADE THREE TRIPS FOR A TREATMENT, AND INFUSION OF AUTOIMMUNE DRUGS. IT IS AMAZING HOW QUICKLY IT WORKED. CLINICALLY SOME KIDS DO APPROVE. Reporter: AND SOME DON’T. STUDIES HAVE HAD CONFLICTING RESULTS, WHICH MEANS A LOT OF INSURANCE COMPANIES WON’T PAY. IT WAS ABOUT $25,000. Reporter: THE DILLONS ARE GLAD THEY HAD THE RESOURCES, BUT WORRY ABOUT THOSE WHO DON’T. SOME KIDS HAVE BEEN INSTITUTIONALIZED. FROM MY POINT OF VIEW, THE ANSWER IS IN FRONT OF US. PARENTS SHOULD KEEP IN MIND

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