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kronstoolong
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   Posted 10/20/2007 11:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure if this is the place to write.  I often post on the Crohn's Disease website.  I have been so busy worrying about my 8 year old son that I haven't been able to even worry or think about my problems.  I'll have to start taking care of myself again soon because he needs me now more than ever. 
 
We recently found out that he and my 3 year old daughter have been sexually abused.  My son feels a huge amt. of guilt for not "saving his sister".(his words) He is now experiencing symptoms of O.C.D.  Each day a new symptom arises.  Lots of hot showers, hand washing, bad, negative repetitive thoughts, and other routine compulsions/obsessions he is using to try to eliminate his anxiety. 
 
I am writing to just get some advice.  I am doing lots of research.  I haven't found a great counselor that I really like.  So far we haven't tried meds.  If behavioral and cognitive therapy don't work, we will look in to that.  Any advice or input is greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks.
Dawn
 
31 Years Old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 17.
Diagnosed with RA or severe joint inflammation due to CD.
Hypothyroid, GERD.
 
Currently taking Leucovorin, Levoxyl, Humira, Methotrexate, Vitamin D - 50,000 IU per week, Vitamin B12 injections, Lunesta and Vicodin or Percocet as needed.
 
In the past have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Remicade, Imuran, Plaquenil and I am sure many, many more.


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   Posted 10/21/2007 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
HI Dawn
First try the CBT

Thjen if that dont work hun please do seek a therapist that is well versed and TRAINED in OCD

I am severe ocd but with cleaning and other things

You ar in my heart thoughts and prayers as are your kiddies..........

YES us crohnies HAVE to look after slf too

Keep posting and let me know how you make out .........LYN
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Danxiety
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   Posted 10/21/2007 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
hey there_

I just want to say how sorry I am. I really don't know much about OCD, but i think a lot of people here do. I hope you get some good advice, and most of all hope that your son can get the help that he needs. Poor little guy :(

I agree with lynn, CBT and finding a therapist that specializes in OCD would be really helpful. Also there is an experience attached to the OCD which is very traumatic, so seeing someone about his guilt and experience would probably be helpful. :(

please keep us posted.
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   Posted 10/21/2007 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Dawn,

I am so very sorry that you and your darling children are going through this. Lyn is right on with her advice as always.  A wise lady she is.

Evidence is growing that trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an effective treatment for sexually abused children.

In cases where abuse is documented, treatment may need to target symptoms of both OCD and PTSD.

Please consider using all your resources available in choosing a Child  Psychiatrist. I hope you have a personal therapist for you too.

Be brave and you are in my prayers.  Keep posting and we are here to support you. Gentle Hugs.

Kitt


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nyliz
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   Posted 10/21/2007 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Dawn,

A parents worst nightmare! When our children are hurting we can feel so helpless but you are definitely doing the right thing by asking for help. I completely agree with Kitt. Finding the right therapist is extremely important but in addition to that (and because we all know that therapy is a process) depending on the severity of your son's symptoms I would definitely contact your Dr. to find out if there is something a child his age could take to help calm his nerves. At least for me, the ability to deal with stress and develope different thought processes to handle feelings like fear and guilt, is hindered greatly by my inability to be still and calm. Good Luck to you and God bless your son and daughter. They WILL overcome this! Especially with a loving and attentive parent like yourself.

Liz

kronstoolong
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   Posted 10/21/2007 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your responses. We haven't talked about medication yet, I did take him to the Dr. and he wanted to see what a couple more counseling sessions would be as far as his symptoms. They aren't getting better though. It seems they get worse every day. Today he said "Mommy I just want to feel normal again." LIke nyliz says, he does have a very difficult time being still and calm. He is now always fidgeting and bouncing and just can't relax. Even in his sleep he grinds his teeth so hard I don't know how they don't break off. It will defintely be an uphill battle but I have faith that they will come out ok in the end. I won't stop until they are ok.
Dawn
 
31 Years Old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 17.
Diagnosed with RA or severe joint inflammation due to CD.
Hypothyroid, GERD.
 
Currently taking Leucovorin, Levoxyl, Humira, Methotrexate, Vitamin D - 50,000 IU per week, Vitamin B12 injections, Lunesta and Vicodin or Percocet as needed.
 
In the past have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Remicade, Imuran, Plaquenil and I am sure many, many more.

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