I’m a mom. I also happen to be a psychologist who specializes in treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety disorders. I’ve worked with children, teens and families for a long time. My husband and I have two young adult kids who are finding their way in life.
Being a child therapist does not make you immune to struggles in your family. Sometimes, it actually makes you feel a little more like you’re under the microscope when you or a loved one struggle. A number of years ago, my husband and I realized that our then 7-year-old son had Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I knew what it was for several months before we sought treatment. I kept hoping that I was wrong or that it would go away. It didn’t – and I didn’t know how to help. We did seek help from an OCD specialist and that led to great improvements for our whole family (and to me becoming a specialist).
When my son became a teenager, he had a re-emergence of his OCD symptoms and ultimately refused treatment. I began writing this blog in July, 2013, to find an outlet for all the experiences that were running around my head and needed a place to live. I hoped that my experience would touch others. Along the way, we’ve experienced other family struggles, including major depressived disorder (which is not exclusive to one member of our family). As of today, August 1, 2021, we are still on a journey together. I am humbled by this experience and by the incredible readers, new and long-timers, who have come along with me.
* Note: All names used in this blog are pseudonyms to allow for privacy.