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I am at breaking point as my 11 year old son has been diagnosed with OCD and is awaiting treatment. The problem is that he is up so late at night carrying out his rituals that he isn't getting nearly enough sleep and he keeps me and my husband awake so we are all shattered and everyday he is late for school and I am late for work. the more tired he gets the worse his anxiety gets so its a vicious circle. Most nights now he is so tired he falls asleep half way through his rituals but I have to wait ages before I can turn the light out and put a cover on him becuase if he does wake up again he literally has a panic attack about all the things he hasn't done. He go's to the toilet around 15 times a night before bed and we are going through one and half toilet rolls a day, he continually washes his hands and we get through one soap dispenser every 48 hours! His hands are so sore they bleed onto his sheets at night but he wont' put any cream on them. I can't bear to see him like this and am exhasted. My husband is fed up and shouts a lot late in the evening when he is tired but can't get to sleep because lights are on, toilet keeps flushing, tap keeps running. Our son is often distressed at crying so my husbands shouting only makes things worse and he angers me which in turn stops me from sleeping even when I can get to bed. I really want to help him but dont' think I can cope with much more.
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