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Bluedog

15 yr old daughter just diagnosed

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Hello,

I just wanted to introduce myself. My daughter started showing clear signs of OCD when she was about ten. As a Reuters of working with this for the past 6 years she has been receiving counselling from CAMHS. She was recently referred to the OCD specialist team at the Micheal Rutter Centre in London. She now has a diagnosis of ADHD and ASD. The OCD still stands but under control since starting sertraline medication.

 

I would love to have more support from people who have similar children. My Dd is so wonderful but there are some aspects of parenting which are just so difficult if your kids ore not neurotypical. Also I am pretty sure I must be ADHD myself (inattentive type) and I am really struggling with the additional help my children need. I don't know if there is any point in seeking a diagnosis. I often feel overwhelmed by what I need to be doing, looking after the children, running my own business, running a home etc.

 

I'm supposed to be working towards dd having a EHCP for school, helping her to sort out places which will be suitable for 6th form or further study after GCSEs.

 

Anyway I could go on and on!

 

It feels good to make contact and it's been really useful reading some of your other posts on this website. I'd be delighted to hear from any of you who have any words of support or advice.

 

Thanks so much.

 

Bluedog. :-)

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Welcome to the forum, Bluedog.

 

I don't have children but I do have autism (and signs of OCD and ADD) and I've met quite a few children with these conditions. Have you looked into any local autism/carers groups. That would probably be the best way to get help and advice. I wish I'd had an early diagnosis - it would have helped me so much. The main advantage of getting a diagnosis is that you should be able to receive support for your daughter. Also in years to come, she won't need to go through all the trouble that I did to get support. Getting a diagnosis late in life is also not as easy, for we learn to camouflage our symptoms.

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Life just gets harder, my features became more obvious as I hit puberty also. Hormones makes things harder for parents. The screaming matches, un-winable arguments. The list is endless.

The ASD things is over diagnosed. Lots of people show all sorts of varying quirks, life is varied, its being together enough to have children and cary on the blood line, worry not about the little things.

 

Ian

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