Promise Village…Treating Your Son with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
We can treat your boy as he deals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (or OCD), an anxiety disorder marked by unwelcome and continual thoughts, feelings, ideas and sensations.
His incessant rotation of unwanted thoughts (obsessions) leads him to attempts to neutralize them by engaging in compulsive activities. Even though he will know that the thoughts or behaviors are excessive, he will get only fleeting relief by performing the compulsive behaviors.
This can be even more anxiety producing, with fear of germs, illness, mistakes, insistence for symmetry or meticulousness, unsolicited impulse to injure someone, objectionable religious or sexual thoughts. Even a fear of embarrassments.
His usual compulsions may be seen in excessively ritualistic behavior, like counting over and over again or saying specific words, repetition of daily activities (hand washing, turning on/off the stove, entering/leaving a room), hoarding (especially items with no noticeable value), consuming foods in a precise order, refusal to shake hands.
*Note: while sometimes used interchangeably synonymously, OCD is not to be confused with OCPD, or Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. An OCD sufferer has unwelcome thoughts and understands them to be absurd, while an OCPD sufferer believes his thinking to be suitable and natural.
Treating Your Son with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
If not treated, your child might suffer extra troubles (although not all caused directly by OCD): depression, eating or anxiety disorders, drug abuse, an overall, poor quality of life, suicidal thoughts (or behavior).
Cognitive behavior therapy is most successful, often in tandem with medication, in helping him to confront his OCD fears and anxieties in healthy ways. Anti-depressants (principally ones that interact with the brain’s serotonin production) may also be prescribed and helpful in diminishing symptoms of OCD.
We See Your Son’s Promise and Possibility, Not Problem
A non-denominational, therapeutically intensive residential facility for troubled boys; Promise Village uses an eclectic approach to treatment and a Relationship-based concept, which lets them know that we are there to help in any way possible as they work through their issues. A nurturing clinical atmosphere helps foster the development of trust, responsibility, self-worth, and self-discipline in the lives of our residents.
We’ll identify core issues, and customize your son’s Treatment Plan with which we’ll help him heal from struggles with OCD, develop new ways and skills to think and conduct himself. Individual, group, recreational, and animal therapies integrate multiple treatment modalities; group sessions are key because of the overwhelming attention boys his age give while trying to conform to group norms and it’s here he’ll resolve issues of value, anger, peer pressure and conflict, with support and feedback, in a controlled and safe environment.
Animal-assisted therapy teaches life skills and responsibility as he cares for the animals, showing them compassion, respect and patience. Recreational Therapy is meant to be fun, filled with teachable moments in which teamwork, creativity and critical thinking are honed. In all aspects of Promise Village life, your son will be closely supervised by skilled Therapists and Life Coaches, who will model, motivate, and mentor him throughout each day. Our ongoing Psychiatric Evaluations provide for constant monitoring, and we’ll look to reduce/eliminate the need for any medication, as core issues are resolved.
The Academy enable’s him to conquer new academic challenges and further his educational progress, when he’ll start to set new life goals and observe the importance of schooling to attain them. Success builds on success.
You’ve faced disappointment, fear and discouragement while watching your son’s self-destructive behavior. Promise Village sees possibilities not problems, and will help him overcome his challenges, discover his strengths and develop a positive and healthy perspective on life that will serve him long after he leaves our care.
If you need help for your son with his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, please contact us at 1-877-A PROMISE for further information.