“‘A person with OCD may realize their obsessive intrusive thoughts don't make sense, but they can't seem to stop them,’ says Roseann Capanna-Hodge, a psychologist.”
PANS and PANDAS result in neuropsychiatric and neurocognitive issues that often go misdiagnosed due to the fact that they have similar symptoms to other disorders. Though there are no exact treatments for this disorder, there are many pro-active measures you can take to resolve some of the hard issues PAN/PADAS bring on like anxiety, behavioral regression and other infectious sources. Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge offers some background and solutions to this disorder.
An OCD diagnosis incorporates unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) leading to compulsive behaviors. Children and adults with OCD engage in compulsive behaviors attempting to end the obsessions, decrease distress and anxiety, or stop perceived bad things from happening. They perform both mental and behavioral rituals to reduce feelings associated with anxiety disorder.
"''Older children and teens are really missing their friends and their independence," Roseann Capanna-Hodge, a psychologist who practices in Connecticut, told Insider. "Teens are struggling with the lack of social connection more than any other group.'"
"'With so much going on in the world, we are being bombarded with a lot of stressors right now and as we try to wade through without taking time to calm our minds and bodies, that stress may cause one to be emotionally reactive to more benign things in our environment," Dr. Roseann says."
Since this is a problem all too many of us (myself included) are dealing with, I tapped psychologist and integrative mental health expert, Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge to get advice on how to manage this stressful dynamic. Keep reading for Dr. Capanna-Hodge's tips on what to do when people around you are not taking the virus seriously.
Furthermore, Roseann Capanna-Hodge, LPC, says humor can play a “protective role” when it comes to anxiety and depression. Another study showed that humor has a negative correlation with anxiety and depression, and a positive correlation with optimism…and, honestly, who couldn’t benefit from some optimism right now?
"“Perinatal depression simply isn’t talked enough about and there is still a lot of stigma attached to it,” said Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, a psychologist and pediatric mental health expert with offices in Connecticut and New York"
"New York Times, Roseann Capanna-Hodge, EdD, LPC, BCN, LLC: Handling Your Kid’s Disappointment When Everything Is Canceled"
“Instead of always focusing on the negative, flip your dialogue to only positive outcomes. For example, instead of saying, ‘If I get that job,’ switch it to, ‘When I get that job.’ Those subtle changes in using positive language helps to change your mindset to a glass half full instead of a glass half empty.”