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Anyone out there parenting an OCD child? DD is GAS with massive separation anxiety and OCD. The DX is pretty new but quite frankly a relief, because at last we understand what the heck has been going on with our wonderful little girl and are able to help her.<br><br>
I did a forum search, but OCD as a keyword turns nothing up at all (even tho I've seen posts mentioning OCD <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: )... if there is already a thread out there, please point me in the right direction... cos this mama could use a little BTDT kinda support these days.
 

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Moving to special needs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Hi! I don't have a child with OCD (that I know of), but I have it. I would love to stick around in this group though, because I want to know what to watch for in my DD and my nephew. Since I have it, and it tends to run in my family (mildly), I want to know how to watch for it and handle it in my daughter if she does have it. I know what it was like for me as a child, but am not sure how my symptoms looked to everyone else.<br><br>
As for treatment options, I've only dealt with mild cognitive behavior therapy <span style="font-size:xx-small;">(I used techniques from the book <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Brain Lock</span>).</span> I'm mild, so it worked pretty well for me for most compulsions. It hasn't worked as well for my obsessions. I took a supplement called SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine) for those, and it worked pretty well. I stopped taking it when I got pg, and I'm still off it now because I'm BFing and can't find any safety info on it during pg/bfing. I have no idea of it's safety in children. I'm terrified of SSRIs, so have been very reluctant to try them.<br><br>
Has anyone made any suggestions to you on treating it? It's helping a lot that you know what it is and are learning how to handle it. When I was a kid, no one really knew what it was, so I just looked overly emotional and eccentric to my parents. Plus, I am way more obsessive than compulsive.
 

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thanks, annettemarie - didn't know if it should go there or if FYT would be better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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DS has some anxiety traits, but nothing severe enough to be dx'd. I haven't seen any compulsions. I watch him closely to make sure that we don't cross over a line.<br><br>
I read a great book called "Freeing Your Child From Anxiety" -- can't remember the authors name, but I know you can find it on Amazon. It addresses all types of anxiety disorders, phobias, OCD, trich, etc. and gives good suggestions on therapies (behavior mod. therapies are highly supported and meds come in if not successful,) how to choose a therapist, and so on. Might be worth a read. I thought that the book did a great job at giving the parent an inside view of what was going on with the child, but since you have first hand knowledge you probably already relate.
 

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We've also found "Help for Worried Kids" to be good... and for both our own understanding and for reading with DD, "Mr. Worry" and "Up and Down the Worry Hill" were great. You could almost see her sighing with relief when she realized that she wasn't the only one on the world with rules.
 

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Hi everyone, just want to throw a few things out, but I'm in too much of a hurry to keep track of everyone's name.<br><br>
For those whose children have OCD or are OCDish, you may want to check out the yahoo group call ocdandparenting It's got lots of activity, a variety of ages, and a number of experts who you can address questions, too (though I've never done that and don't know how it works, but Tamar Chansky is one of them--they are mostly authors of major books on OCD in children).<br><br>
To the parent with OCD--in case you don't know, I think that we generally agree that unless a different subforum is created, that "special needs parenting" can mean that either the parent or one's child has special needs. So you would be welcome to start a thread for parents with OCD or lesser OC behaviors/issues or anxiety disorders in general (and I would expect you'd find some people who can relate <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The supplement I've heard about most on ocdandparenting is a combination of inositol and EFA's--I would look into that list or a similar one to get dosages. Both would be quite safe to try, I think, but different EFA makeups work for different conditions. Another thing to look into is the radiantrecovery.com program--_Potatoes not Prozac_ or _Little Sugar Addicts_ has more info. Basic principle is that protein throughout the day but complex carbs just before bed and a regular good nights sleep will boost serotonin production--how dramatically it will do this varies from person to person. I fully admit to not practicing all these ideas, I've just read about them.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"> to everyone dealing with this. It is so hard to see our children suffer with this kind of anxiety.<br><br>
I would also suggest reading up on signs of Asperger's and Autism Spectrum Conditions in general--especially if your child is young or they have a lot more problems as they reach the 5-7 age range. I just say this because it's been our experience to get "he has Tourette's" "he has ADHD" "he has some Obsessive Compulsive issues that we may need to treat more aggressively if they worsen" to finally getting to Asperger's/autism (even though we brought it up and no one thought so when he was younger). But OCD is more common than Autism, so I don't mean to imply that this would be most people's experience.<br><br>
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Two other ideas that could be helpful...<br><br>
1) one therapist we saw would say "anxiety is allergic to humor"--finding ways to laugh at things she's afraid of can help (draw a picture representing the fear, change it to make it funny--put ballet shoes and a silly tutu on the huge monster). I also found that just laughing a lot in general can help--funny books are good--I don't know her age, but Mr. Popper's Penguins was a good one for us)<br><br>
2) a worry book. At the start she draws one page that describes something she used to be afraid of/anxious about in words and pictures, then there's a second page of her not being afraid/how she got over the fear, etc. You do this regularly and eventually you draw things she is currently afraid of or feels she has to do and you talk about what might someday be on the 2nd page when she no longer feels that way.<br><br>
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DS #1 has Asperger's and OCD. He had a major OCD episode in the fall of 2005when he started full day first grade. We worked with a therapist (whose partner is the author of the Freeing Your Child From Anxiety book that a previous poster mentioned). Here is their website..<br><br><a href="http://www.worrywisekids.org/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.worrywisekids.org/index.html</a><br><br>
We were very fortunate that DS's OCD improved greatly from therapy alone (and homeopathics, too -- DH and I think). DS hasn't had any major episodes since that first one, but we are still always on the lookout of symptoms that tell us he needs to see his therapist again.
 

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I love the Worry Wise Kids site; it's been great for us to point family and friends to when trying to explain what's going on.<br><br>
Can you tell me more about what homeopathic remedies you used? I'm looking into these now, as I'd really like to give supplements and/or homeopathy a try before we resort to meds.
 

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Just wanted to chime in. My 12 yo dd was recently dx'd with both severe general anxiety and possible OCD (more thoughts than behaviors). When she was around 8-9, it mostly manifested as severe separation anxiety, to the point where she was essentially homebound because of her fears. She has been doing CBT for a couple of years and finds it very, very helpful. In fact, her worst episode to date was when we tried to wean her away from therapy -- won't be doing that again for awhile!! She has made terrific strides in therapy, and 75-80% of the time, you would never know that she has these issues.<br><br>
Anyway, she has said that she finds it very helpful to set aside a "worry time" where she can let herself worry about all the things in her mind for about 10-20 min., but then she has to stop and move on to other things. She also does well with visualization (like a STOP sign to prevent her from obsessing about certain things, etc). She's also pretty self-aware and understands that certain things, especially on TV, can trigger her anxiety and so usually self-limits those activities.
 
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