Leslie - posted on 04/30/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
Hi...I am new to this...and mostly wanted to feel a little less alone in dealing with all of this stuff. My daughter who is almost 13 was diagnosed with ADHD when she was five...The tics were already there, but I didn't recognize them as tics until she was 6 or 7. We always knew that she had anxiety disorders...She would hide under her desk when she got upset and she would cry uncontrollably. She could not calm herself down. We tested her again this December and her diagnosis was TS, OCD and ADHD.
Her symptoms are a bit unusual...I guess everyone feels that way...But I am looking for someone who has dealt with similar symptoms and maybe a little encouragement. My daughter suffers from dermatillomania (skin picking disorder) and has urination compulsion. She recently started occupational therapy for sensory integration disorder and anxiety and she is also seeing a behavioral therapist. She takes Prozac and Intuniv. I think we have finally found the right combination of meds for her...She has stopped having meltdowns, and her symptoms have lessened in severity.
I would just like to know...Is there anyone out there who has a child who urinates in the bedroom floor or other inappropriate places? Is there anyone who has a child who physically hurts themselves on a regular basis? How do you keep yourself from worrying to death? I know that I am doing everything I can for my daughter right now and I am so thankful for how much I have learned and how much help I have been able to find for her, but I am feeling a little discouraged because three weeks ago I removed the carpet from her room and took her door off as a means of helping her fight this obsession. We had three weeks of no pee in the floor, but today I found a pillow hidden in her closet that she had urinated on. And for three weeks, we had no skin-picking because I took vacation and re-directed her every time I would see her start to pick. I would give her therapy putty or other tactile projects. But this morning, her comforter was bloody. She had picked inside of her nose so that I couldn't see where she had picked. It is horrifying to have a child who hurts herself...It is worse to have one who does it secretly.