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helping adult son suffering OCD

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Hi, My wife and i are out our wits end in coping with our son who suffers with OCD.Its been going on now for around 18 months and is showing no signs of easing. At the very beginning he was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with OCD and anxiety.

He will phone 30 or 40 times a day, crying, saying he cant cope with the thoughts. He cant seem to get any help from medical professionals and has had multiple visits to different hopitals. He moved out of his own home based on medical advice, but nothing changed, and he still has the same fears of hurting those he loves. We dont really know where to go, or who to turn to to try to get him further help We have spoken to both his psychologist and the hospitals at different times and the say it is all up to him, but he tells us he tries to use the strategies offered, but the thoughts overpower it, and he just goes to the hospital again. recently is was so bad he actually ran out of petrol left his car on the side of the road and walked to a hospital.

To date he has never hurt anyone or acted on his thoughts, which seems to be why the hospitals just turn him away.

What can we do as parents, to try to help him understand that all these professionals cant be wrong, and he is not a danger to anyone.


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Community Champion
Community Champion

That’s ok icarus666,

I thought this podcast would benefit yourself as parents to listen to:



Dr Rebecca Anderson an expert in obsessive compulsive disorder speaks on this podcast.

I understand that as the parents you would feel a bit confused by your child’s behaviour.

I understand, my parents didn’t really understand what I was going through and what I was doing seemed irrational to them…. After my recovery my parents recall it being a scary time for them.

My parents would try to build me up even though they could see I was falling apart.

Try to keep your son busy go out for coffee or even a walk together.

I really hope that things improve for you all soon just hang in there I think it’s great that you are going to look for someone who specialises in the area……. I believe OCD is a specialised field.

Always here to chat

Community Champion
Community Champion

Hi icarus666,

Just checking in with you.

How is everything progressing with your sons treatment?

I hope things are improving, I understand it’s slow going but any improvement is great.