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Special Screenings of PANDAS Documentary

The New England PANS PANDAS Association (NEPANS) would like to invite the public to attend special pre-screenings of a documentary on pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders, or PANDAS. My Kid Is Not Crazy: A Search for Hope in the Face of Misdiagnosis is a film by Tim Sorel that tracks the journeys of six children and their families as they become tangled in a medical system heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry. The Connecticut screening will be on March 30 at 7pm at Fairfield Cinema at Bullard Square, Fairfield.

The film also tells the story of Dr. Susan Swedo of the National Institutes of Health, who discovered a link between strep throat and sudden onset OCD and/or tics as well as other psychiatric symptoms. Since her breakthrough discovery, there has been controversy regarding the PANDAS and its appropriate treatment. Sorel interviews the nation’s top experts in science, medicine and treatment to separate fact from fiction. My Kid Is Not Crazy looks at the diagnosis, physicians on both sides of the argument, and, most importantly, the lives of young children and the families that PANDAS affects.

Attendees will get to meet the filmmaker and some of the families depicted in the film during a Q&A session after the screenings.

For those in more northern areas of Connecticut, another special screening and Q&A will also be held in Massachusetts on March 29 at 7pm at Showcase Cinema de Lux Patriots Place, located at 24 Patriot Place, Foxboro, Massachusetts.

To purchase tickets for either screening, visit BrownPaperTickets.com/profile/2514715. For more information, visit NEPANS.org/My-Kid-is-Not-Crazy.html. Connecticut screening location: Fairfield Cinema at Bullard Square, 41 Blackrock Tpke, Fairfield.

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