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PANDAS, PANS, Pediatric, Autoimmune, Neurological
Disorder, Streptococcus, Anxiety, OCD, Antibiotic

In A Pickle Over PANDAS

Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus


This book is about a young boy’s journey with a harrowing illness called PANDAS, an acronym for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus. He wakes up one morning, and overnight, is stricken with unusual and frightening symptoms that turn his world upside down. Some of the symptoms he experiences are anxiety & OCD. This happened all because an autoimmune response caused dysfunctional antibodies to invade the basal ganglia of the brain instead of fighting off the streptococcus bacteria. The boy has never even heard of PANDAS. After a long road, filled with doctor visits, blood draws, procedures & surgery, he is finally on the road to recovery. In time, he is able to forget about this harrowing illness. Then, the only PANDAS he knows of are the black and white bears at the zoo.

Available in English and Spanish




Bronze Medal

2016 eLit Electronic Book Awards 

Health/Medicine/Nutrition category 


Finalist Medal

2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards 

Children's/Juvenile Non-Fiction category



2016 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards 

Medical category


2016 Readers' Favorite Five Stars


Silver Medal

2016 Living Now Book Award

Children's Non-Fiction Category



2016 Readers Favorite International Book Award

Children's educational Category


About Melanie

Melanie S. Weiss, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC has been a registered nurse for over thirty years, certified in maternal-newborn nursing and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her goals in writing these books were to explain frightening illnesses to the children and teens afflicted with them, in an informative but non-frightening way, and to raise awareness about these illnesses. She is also the author of the articles, "The Pandemonium of PANDAS: An Unprecedented Pediatric Disorder" and "PANDAS: What Every Parent Needs to Know." Melanie lives on Long Island, NY with her husband and three sons and is an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.



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Women of Distinction 2016 (click here to read article)



in a pickle over pandas


PANDAS: What Every Parent Needs to Know - Read Melanie's Article in Calameo

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