L. asks from Gulf Breeze, FL on January 23, 2007
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Gulf Breeze,FL
We think my son has obsessive compulsive disorder. we are waiting to see a specialist. In the meantime, I am trying to learn more about it. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks. He is 7 1/2.
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J.S. answers from Tampa on January 24, 2007
From what I remember from my psych. rotation in nursing school, OCD is an anxiety disorder. The person performs an activity (ie. handwashing) repetitively to help ease the anxiety. Sometimes it can come as a side effect to a traumatic event. I think it's a good idea you're seeing a specialist. In the meantime, have you seen your pediatrician? Good luck!
D.L. answers from Ocala on January 24, 2007
My husband has OCD it has become more mild than he said it was years ago. I do know that for each person OCD is different. He was a neat freak to the extreme. He had to have his closet color coded and seperated by the type of clothing it was, ie dress, casual ect. He also had to have everything in his house in the right place etc. If it wasn't he would HAVE to fix it. We work for a man that has to wipe down a motel room (every surface) with anti bacterial wipes before he can unpack anything, or relax. It is different for every different person. Patients will be helpful from you and your husband, go to the library, or look on the internet for more information about treatment etc. I do believe though depending on how severe it is and what your son is compulsive about that it can just be lived with, without treatment, but like I said look into it. check out http://www.webmd.com and in the search box type in obsessive compulsive disorder and see what you get. That is a reputable site, I don't know of any others off the top of my head. Good luck!
S.C. answers from Tampa on January 24, 2007
Call Family Network on Disabilities. I think they should still be on Whitney Road, next to Abilities. They have a database of information resources, plus handouts for every possible problem a child could have. I used to work there in 1998.
Also, check with your public library. The reference department should be able to lead you to appropriate resources. Another place to check is the FROG database through the Clearwater Public Library. And if you child attends Pinellas County Schools, be sure to check with you school counselor, who can make you aware of educational resources in the public school system to help him succeed in school in spite of any difficulties.
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D. answers from Tampa on January 23, 2007
You can look up Dr. Ann Block or Citizens Commission on Human Rights.
Look into nutrition and food allergies. There are many books about this subject. Also research prescribed drugs for this condition. The FDA passed laws because almost all of the drugs for this have very serious side effects such as weight loss, hair loss, suicidal thoughts, etc.
There ARE alternatives to drugs. Don't use the drugs.