PANDAS: When a simple strep throat leads to frightening behavior

Diana Pohlman thought her 7-year-old son, Garrett, had been molested or assaulted. How else could she explain that one day he was a healthy, happy kid, and the next, she says, “he was completely out of his mind?” Case in point: He came home from second grade, fell to the ground and began panicking about radiation. He ran around the house turning off lights, weeping and clinging to Pohlman “as if he’d been traumatized,” she recalls.

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