Hi Family OCD,
Wellcome to our forums!
Id like to say congratulations to your son for getting a diagnosis.
I also suffered with severe anxiety OCD it was a very hard cruel disorder to go through. I wouldn’t have wished it upon anyone.
I have now recovered from this condition.
OCD is vicious cycle but it’s a vicious cycle that you can learn to break free of. It really is possible and once you learn how to do this you will begin to fly…….. your son can learn to fly just like I have, if he gets the “ correct “ help.
Is your son currently receiving professional help for his condition?
My recovery started from seeing a gp who put me on a antidepressant to help me to manage my anxiety we did a mental health plan together, I also saw a clinical psychologist and a psychiatrist who diagnosed me.
This then led me to a clinic that specialised in OCD, I did a group therapy there it was an intervention into the OCD the therapy I did was meta cognitive therapy…. This therapy changed my life! It took perseverance and practice to master the skills I was taught but they now come easy to me and if needed I can disengage from the OCD cycle. I highly recommend this therapy.
I was also plagued with horrible intrusive thoughts that were relentless they played over and over again repeatedly ….. my anxiety level was at severe levels. I felt like I was living in an internal hell.
I have been recovered for 4 years now going strong.
Life on the other side of OCD is amazing, I no longer have severe anxiety and I am no longer stuck in the vicious cycle of OCD .
I learned that I had mental compulsions as well as physical compulsions these compulsions kept me stuck in the OCD cycle…… one of my compulsions was reassurance seeking I no longer do this…. I would constantly ask for reassurance from my loved ones and I’d constantly tell my loved ones my thoughts… I’d question my thoughts and analyse them…. I no longer do this……. It was part of the OCD cycle…..
My intrusive thoughts would send me into panic mode and I’d have panic attacks…. I no longer do this.
Id find myself phoning my psychiatrist for re assurance…. I no longer do this..
I think it’s important for loved ones to know that re assurance seeking is part of the OCD cycle and to the loved ones please try not to give the re assurance because it holds the sufferer in the cycle.
My anxiety would stay high for not getting the reassurance but I learned to just sit with it and let it be there and fade away.
Please ask me any thing