Hi I would just like to ask for some advice my 18 yr son has been withdrawn from college last month due to his attendence and other issues he started getting these thoughts back in September 2018 he was struggling with college and college work due to his sleeping problems but since then his ocd has got worse he is having bath or shower 2 to 3 times a day constantly washing his hands tiding his room struggling so hard to watch meltdowns more too the doctor has giving him Mirtazapine and doubled it to 30 hope this will help any advice would be grateful. Thank you .
Hi NAS20853, I'm not sure I can suggest anything of much use but I have had OCD for a long while and for the last few years mine has been very hygiene related, it really had a massive impact on my life. I found that my meltdowns increased as my OCD got worse as anything which challenged my OCD beliefs (eg, things like the possibility that something was dirty) set off a meltdown. I too have OCD related intrusive thoughts. Has he tried any sort of counselling? I've just started to see someone more about depression than OCD as that has been a little better of late (I say better, the hygiene bit has been better but it seems to have turned more into rumination type OCD now) but I am finding that having someone there to work through things with me is a help. I hope the medication helps your son, it took me years to seek any kind of help at all as OCD is so convincing that it made me believe that the way I was living were how things had to be, I wish I'd done something about it sooner. Not sure if that's any help at all, but good luck with the situation.
Thank you for your reply we are waiting for counselling hope it will help..
He should get psychotherapy. I've had it for OCD and I now wash my hands 85% less than I used to. If you feel able make a big fuss to try to get him it.
Thank you will hopefully chat to doctor about help as it is attesting him he has become more isolated.
Sorry that should say affecting him.
Yes my OCD made me very isolated, I had family encouraging me to seek help but I couldn't as OCD was so convincing that, sort of ironically, the thought of going out to see a therapist just seemed like too much/ something too 'risky' for me in terms of contamination (going to a different place and knowing I'd be doing exposure therapy) so it's only now I'm addressing things. I hope the counseling will help.