Mental Illness
5:58 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Teen In Alleged Albany Bomb Plot Could Have Rare Mental Condition

The Oregon teenager accused of plotting an attack on his high school has obsessive-compulsive disorder brought on in a rare way: a strep infection. That's according to his mother. 

Grant Acord's mother posted this statement explaining her son's medical condition on the front door of her Albany home.
Grant Acord's mother posted this statement explaining her son's medical condition on the front door of her Albany home.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

PANDAS has nothing to do with the bear. It's a condition that's triggered by strep infections in children. Researchers aren't sure why the infections could cause the extreme obsessive-compulsive behaviors. The symptoms can last for weeks, then disappear and come back months later without warning. The medical community isn't entirely in agreement over whether PANDAS is a distinct condition. Jenne Henderson is a child psychologist in Portland. She says in her experience, it's a legitimate diagnosis.

"They have very extreme behaviors. And almost overnight. So it's almost the behavior is so much more intense than a typical OCD case than I might see" says Henderson.

It's not clear yet whether Grant Acord's medical history will play a role in his defense. The seventeen-year-old faces charges of aggravated attempted murder, and manufacture and possession of destructive devices. Police say they found a half-dozen homemade bombs at his Albany house.

On the web:

PANDAS: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/pandas/pandas-frequently-asked-questions-about-pediatric-autoimmune-neuropsychiatric-disorders-associated-with-streptococcal-infections.shtml

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