I hope you can help us because so far nothing has worked. I feel as though I am fighting for my son's life and everywhere I turn I hit a brick wall. My son is diagnosed with OCD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I have had him under care for years with different counselors and so far nothing has worked to decrease his symptoms even slightly. As a matter of fact he gets worse everyday. I live in an area that lacks experts in the field of OCD and most counselors choose to do talk and mostly to me during sessions with my son. I find that most counseling visits are spent with me educating the counselor about OCD. Many are not trained in this area with the proven methods of EXRP or CBT so needless to say my son's OCD has only grown and grown to the point of becoming physical and verbal. Just recently I have found a Clinical Psychologist who does treat OCD. My problem is I fear my son my be to the point of needing inpatient with the best of the best. He has horrible intrusive thoughts of me dying that he cannot get out of his mind. He is basically non functioning, he cannot go to school, and that is another story: they have been horrible through their lack of understanding and lack of education in OCD. For years he has been failed mentally and educationally. He is to the point where our home is in distress and out of control. He is physical with his little brother who is 3 years younger. They are 12 and 9. I am looking for your opinion: is it to the point of inpatient when things become so angry? He admits it is his OCD that he has to do things or I will die. His OCD is fear based not contamination it is his thoughts. Please help. He is on meds: Anafranil. 100 mg. Thank you and GOD Bless.
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