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Asking again so maybe someone can bump or help?::::Does anyone have experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

My daughter has it(12). They have gone back and forth with Tourette's and OCD. (MY 9 yr old has Tourette's, May be why they initially thought that) They have settled on OCD about 2 yr now. Well she is having a tough time for about 3 weeks now and dr isn't really taking me seriously. Ok here it is ~~~~  she does this thing where she breathes in reeeeaaaalllll deeeeeep! then exhales reeaaalll slow and fans herself while she does this. It is not only bothering her because she wants to stop but she is now doing it so severely that she is getting lightheaded and stomach cramps because she tenses when she does it. I feel so helpless! They use to sell something that was all natural that dissolved on tongue to help relax but i just don't know. Does anyone know of any meds (prescription or all natural) that they have had a good result with? Or any other suggestions?

 
harris4

Asked by harris4 at 10:11 AM on May. 5, 2011 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • My daughter was diagnosed when she was 7, I started counsaling and he went every other week at first, we just did therapy....She started on prozac, for a while and it did help a little. She is now on Zolft and all of her OCD things went away except for she still gets anxiety once in a while. She is also being treated for ADHD just recently we started concerta....All of her obsessive thougths and habits are gone!!! :) I am not sure what will work for everyone but it does take time and theapy really helped. She is now 10 and she still sees her therapist about once a month and she sees a pychiatist (spelling) every 6 weeks, to monitor her meds to see if we need to make changes..... Good luck
    lovemamma

    Answer by lovemamma at 12:28 PM on May. 5, 2011

  • i use zoloft and it works wonderful for me i have taken it since i was 7
    akoker

    Answer by akoker at 11:14 PM on May. 5, 2011

  • What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of mental illness that causes repeated unwanted thoughts. To get rid of the thoughts, a person does the same tasks over and over. For example, you may fear that everything you touch has germs on it. So to ease that fear, you wash your hands over and over again.

    OCD is a chronic, or long-term, illness that can take over your life, hurt your relationships, and limit your ability to work or go to school.
    What causes OCD?

    Experts don't know the exact cause of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Research suggests that there may be a problem with the way one part of the brain sends information to another part. Not having enough of a brain chemical called serotonin may help cause the problem.
    Christmaslver68

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 10:14 AM on May. 5, 2011

  • Some experts believe that a problem related to infections, such as strep throat or scarlet fever, can suddenly bring on the disorder or make its symptoms worse in some children.
    What are the symptoms?

    Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder tend to come and go over time and range from mild to severe. Anxiety is the most common symptom. For example, you may have an overall sense that something terrible will happen if you don't do a certain task, such as check again and again to see whether the stove is on. If you fail to check, you may suddenly feel tense or anxious or have a nagging sense that you left something undone.

    Christmaslver68

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 10:15 AM on May. 5, 2011

  • Symptoms of the disorder include:

    * Obsessions. These are unwanted thoughts, ideas, and impulses that you have again and again. They won't go away. They get in the way of your normal thoughts and cause anxiety or fear. The thoughts may be sexual or violent, or they may make you worry about illness or infection. Examples include:
    o A fear of harm to yourself or a loved one.
    o A driving need to do things perfectly or correctly.
    o A fear of getting dirty or infected.
    Christmaslver68

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 10:15 AM on May. 5, 2011

  • * Compulsions. These are behaviors that you repeat to try to control the obsessions. Some people have behaviors that are rigid and structured, while others have very complex behaviors that change. Examples include:
    o Washing, or checking that something has been done.
    o Counting, often while doing another compulsive action, such as hand-washing.
    o Repeating things or always moving items to keep them in perfect order.
    o Hoarding.
    o Praying.

    The obsessions or compulsions usually take up a lot of time-more than 1 hour a day. They greatly interfere with your normal routine at work or school, and they affect social activities and relationships.

    Sometimes people may understand that their obsessions and compulsions are not real. But at other times they may not be sure, or they may believe strongly in their fears.
    Christmaslver68

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 10:16 AM on May. 5, 2011

  • Antidepressant medicines called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are most commonly used. Examples of these medicines include Prozac and Zoloft. You may begin to feel better in about 1 to 3 weeks after you start taking medicine. But it can take as long as 12 weeks to see more improvement. If you have concerns about your medicine, or if you do not start to feel better by 3 weeks, talk to your doctor. He or she may increase the dose or change to a different medicine.
    Christmaslver68

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 10:17 AM on May. 5, 2011

  • Have you tried a completely different doctor? Maybe one that hasn't ever seen her or your son?
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:17 AM on May. 5, 2011

  • Counseling for the disorder includes a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy called exposure and response prevention. This therapy slowly increases your contact with the thing that causes worries or false beliefs. For example, if you were worried about getting germs from things you touch, you would touch an object you believe has germs and then not wash your hands afterward. You would keep doing that until you could do it without feeling anxious. This can be hard at first. But with the help of a counselor, this therapy can reduce your symptoms over time.

    Other cognitive therapy may also help change the false beliefs that lead to OCD behaviors.

    Treatment can make your symptoms less severe. But you may still have some mild symptoms after you begin treatment.
    Christmaslver68

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 10:17 AM on May. 5, 2011

  • Medication Choices

    Antidepressants (SSRIs) such as fluoxetine (for example, Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), and sertraline (Zoloft) are commonly prescribed to treat OCD. These medicines are taken as tablets or capsules. The medicine venlafaxine can also help symptoms of OCD. The tricyclic antidepressant clomipramine (Anafranil) is sometimes used as well.

    Antidepressants are used to relieve the obsessive thoughts and subsequent compulsive behaviors in those who have OCD. By increasing the level of serotonin in the brain, antidepressants help to regulate the communication between different parts of the brain.

    Other medicines (such as antipsychotics) are sometimes used to treat OCD.
    Christmaslver68

    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 10:19 AM on May. 5, 2011

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