Help for Boys with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
His endless cycle of unwanted thoughts (obsessions) leads him to try to defuse them by engaging in compulsive actions. Even though he will know that the thoughts or behaviors are extreme, he will get only brief respite by performing the compulsive behaviors.
This can be even more anxiety producing, with concern of germs, dirt, disease, errors, insistence for evenness or precision, unwelcome impulses to hurt someone, inappropriate sexual or religious thoughts. Even a fear of being embarrassed.
His customary compulsions may be seen in exceptionally ritualistic behavior, like continually counting or saying words, duplication of daily activities (hand washing, turning on/off the stove, open/closing a drawer), hoarding (especially items with no discernable value), eating foods in a very precise sequence, refusal to shake hands.
*Note: while sometimes used 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 ridiculous, while an OCPD sufferer believes his thinking to be appropriate and natural.
How Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is Solved at Master’s Ranch.
Left untreated, your son might suffer further troubles (although not all directly brought on by OCD): depression, eating or anxiety disorders, substance abuse, an overall, poor quality of life, suicidal thoughts (or behavior).
Cognitive behavior therapy is most successful, frequently in tandem with medication, in helping him face up to his OCD unease and anxieties in healthy ways. Anti-depressants (principally ones that interact with the brain’s serotonin production) may also be prescribed and useful in alleviating symptoms of OCD.
Master’s Ranch – A Special Place for Boys Struggling with OCD
A decidedly Christian, home-like setting, dedicated to the restoration and healing of families and their teens, our ranch-type residential program for troubled boys uses a family-style model that focuses on work and discipline. Boys live on a working ranch and learn responsibility by taking care of for horses, cattle, pigs and dogs. Farm work offers the emotional connection of animal therapy as well as providing valuable occupational skills with our full-service cattle operation and pedigree dog kennel.
Our boarding school program is heavily vocational in nature. In addition to the skills he’ll gain from caring for farm animals, your boy will work with general contractors in wood, metal, cement, plumbing and electrical construction.
Our computer-based academic curriculum is nationally accredited, enabling students to complete much of their elective requirements for high school, with traditional classroom instruction, remedial assistance, advanced, college-prep coursework available, as well as a vocational diploma.
Your son will receive clinical-type counseling from experienced, licensed therapists in pastoral, group and individual sessions. Our counseling approach is informal, and the outdoor setting encourages active boys to open up and share more readily.
If you’ve almost lost hope and are fighting for your son’s future, consider our small family environment in an agricultural setting, where training is balanced with an unmistakable atmosphere of mentoring, love and acceptance.