Has your child suddenly developed OCD, tics, ADHD, anxiety, anorexia, or other difficult behaviors?
Sometimes the explanation for this sudden and severe onset may be as simple as a strep infection.
Beth Alison Maloney is an author and attorney advocate who unravels roadblocks in medicine and the law through storytelling. She first brought PANDAS/PANS – infection triggered metal illness – to widespread attention through her memoir, Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD. It chronicles her battle with the medical community to have her son properly diagnosed and treated for the simple strep infection that was causing his “mental” illness. An appearance on The Today Show by Ms. Maloney with her fully-recovered son catapulted the disorder from obscurity to national awareness. Saving Sammy, her first book, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, a “stand up and cheer” from Booklist, and was a finalist in Books for a Better Life. Ms. Maloney then published Childhood Interrupted: The Complete Guide to PANDAS and PANS. It is the only resource guide about the disorder and has proven to be a lifesaver for parents.
Ms. Maloney has participated in scores of television appearances, articles, broadcast interviews, conferences, and speaking engagements in the United States, Canada, and Europe to bring attention to the disorder including The Doctors, Mystery Diagnosis, W5 (Canada), Fox News LA, AM Northwest, Glenn Beck, Bonnie Hunt, Good Morning LA, Fox Q13 Seattle, 207, GMA Health, Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio, KMOX (CBS), NPR stations, and internet and podcast programs. She has been featured in multiple articles in print and online. Her presentations before conferences include UCIrvine, International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, Autism One, NE PANS/PANDAS Conference, PANDAS Ireland, and PANDAS Canada. In 2015, she was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of “5 Things to Know About PANS.” Ms. Maloney has brought key stories to the media, including the exposé about the collaboration between Boston Children’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families to have the state take custody of children over medical disagreements. The story was featured on the front page of The Boston Globe and was covered by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC News, and Fox News. The circumstances served as the backdrop for a 2015 New York Times op-ed piece and a 2016 UC Davis Law Review article. Ms. Maloney is nationally recognized for her expertise in “medical kidnapping” cases, a term commonly used to describe when the courts remove the custody of children from their parents due to medical disagreements between physicians and parents.