So I’m up late, reading about random things, and I find these studies. They’re interesting because my mom had symptoms of classic OCD, and also suffered from the autoimmune hyperthyroidism called Graves’ disease. She was being treated for Graves’ with radioactive iodine while pregnant with me, because she didn’t know she was pregnant. So far my thyroid levels have never been off, and the doctor checked them pretty religiously when I was a kid. I haven’t kept up with it as much as I should, probably, but I know they were checked well during both of my recent pregnancies.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1786794 — “OCD and the study of thyroid function”
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Children%27s+tics,+OCD+linked+to+moms%27+autoimmune+disease.-a0262583935 — “Children’s tics, OCD linked to moms’ autoimmune disease”
I don’t think I have thyroid problems right now, but the potential link between OCD and tics to autoimmune disease in general is interesting — but not surprising when one considers those fluffy, lovable PANDAS.