OCD/Intrusive Thoughts

My son is 26 and since he was 13 has had intrusive thoughts/ocd and has been in hospital since Christmas Eve. He is in a bad way. His thoughts are he is going to be a pedophile and do other bad things. He has lost his job and the hospital are going to discharge him as they say being in there is not doing him any good. I am scared as I don't know what he will do when he gets home. He gets cbt once every 2 weeks but that is not enough. I am angry as he is just going to be dumped and forgotten about. He is still a person and is desperate for the proper help. Nobody seems to care.

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  • Cbt ahouldhelp him with these thoughts, as soon as he learns there just "thoughts" he will calm down! When u say hes in hospital do u mean sectioned?? I had cbt for similar intrusive thoughts an it worked wonders, i have have ocd from since i can remember. I am 28 now an when im stressed it seems worse. He will be ok.

  • Thanks so much for contacting me. My son wasn't sectioned but went in as a voluntary patient. This meant that he could leave the hospital for a wee while then go back. Yesterday he was discharged from hospital. His consultant said that being in hospital was not the right thing for him and that he would be better at home. I don't know what to think. I know that there is not enough money being spent on mental health and I think this is ridiculous. Thanks again for replying to me.

  • Hi there,

    I am a fellow sufferer of OCD and have a variety of intrusive thoughts that make me think I am a bad person and have done something awful. I have a hard time being around kids as I fear I am going to harm them. The guilt and feeling of responsibility that goes along with these thoughts is horrendous and I can often loose perspective thinking maybe i have done something - classic OCD! What if! Maybe!

    Please assure your son he will NEVER do these things he is thinking about- in fact quite the opposite- he is someone who cares too much about not being bad.

    Although I have some really bad times or 'episodes' I generally manage my illness quite well now - so please be assured you can get better with time and support and there is always hope. It is such a complex illness but with support from psychologist, family and friends etc life will get better.

    I have a 'mental health toolkit' I pulled together myself (basically an A4 mind map) and would be more than happy to share if you thought this would be helpful? It is just things I have picked up over the years in therapy and things that I put in place to aid my recovery.

    God bless

    Christine x

  • Hi thanks very much for replying to me. I am sorry I haven't replied sooner but I haven't been on the site in ages. My son is still not well. He came home last weekend and was in a terrible state. I keep praying to God that he will heal Gordon but I do believe that God will heal him in his own time.

    It is hard though to see him go through this.

    Thanks again for replying to me.

  • Hi there, I feel for your son for he wouldn't be so tormented if he was trully that type of person however I have had the same fears as him and I honestly feel this is the worst thing to go through, if you let him read my profile it will maybe help him see he is not alone.

    Faith x

  • Hi I also get horrible disturbing intrusive thoughts .ive had ocd since I was a child .ur son will be feeling distressed as they are truly horrible .but they ar only thoughts .I think everyone hr has said brilliant things an good advice xx

  • Hi Jacoz thanks for getting back to me. Can I ask you how old you are. My son is 26 and has had OCD and these horrible thoughts since he was 13. He knows they are thoughts but these thoughts are slowly killing him. He sees a Physcologist once every 2 weeks and he also sees a Psychiatrist who just gives him tablets upon more tablets that make him like a zombie. How are you getting on. Jean

  • Hi there.im 46.ive had ocd since I was 11.also the thoughts but at that time I kept it to my self.I went off the rails.I couldnt cope with what I thought at the time was the devil in my head.I recived no treatment and was brushed aside by everyone.although ive got quite a long story to cut it short in my 20s I found it very difficult.was depressesd .I eventualy got help in my 30s.ive found that times of stress etc makes the thoughts worse.I get extremely disturbing ones .they have never went away but they go up and down.I still get them and im still getting help.ive been told to keep in mind they are just thoughts I know its hard its one of the worst things ever.tell him to keep a private diary this is hard with the amount of thoughts he can get a day but even writing a few down then they will stay on the paper and out of the mind.its not a quik fix but I findwhen I write a thought down I never look at it .no one has to see unless he wants them to.im not 100% myself right now but if I can be any help at all then im here 4 u and ur son.its good that he sees a psychiatrist .I still see mine.I get med to curbmy ocd etc .its still there but ive not been in the psychiatric hospital for 18months so im happy with that .feel free 2 ask me anything ok .xxxxxx

  • Hi I have horrible thoughts often about hurtin the people that I love the most.

    I have just been prescribed antidepressants and I pray that they work the worse thing is I think that if I'm havin these thoughts other people are to so I am so strict with my kids never lettin them out of sight it is a complete nightmare and I understand what your son is goin though so if you need to talk I can give you my perspective xxx

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