His incessant cycle of undesirable thoughts (obsessions) leads him to attempts to neutralize them by engaging in compulsive actions. Even though he will know that the thoughts or behaviors are disproportionate, he will get only momentary reprieve by performing the compulsive behaviors.
This can be even more anxiety-producing, with concern about disease, germs, insistence for symmetry or exactitude, unwanted urges to injure someone, objectionable sacred or sexual thoughts.
His common compulsions may be witnessed in excessively ceremonial behavior, like continually saying specific words or numbers over and over again or repetition of normal activities (like turning on/off the stove, hand washing, in/out of a room), consuming specific foods in a very precise sequence, hoarding objects (particularly items without any discernable value).
*Note: while sometimes used synonymously, OCD should not be confused with OCPD, or Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. An OCD sufferer has unwelcome thoughts and understands them to be pointless, while an OCPD sufferer believes his thinking to be natural and appropriate.
How We Can Treat Your Son’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch
If left untreated, your child might suffer further problems (although not all necessarily directly brought on by OCD): eating or anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, an overall, poor quality of life, suicidal thoughts (or behavior).
Cognitive behavior therapy is most efficient, often when used together with medication, in helping him confront his OCD anxieties and unease 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.
Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch…Transforming Troubled Boys into Young Men of Character
The very first Teen Challenge school of its kind, we continue to find inventive new ways to help struggling boys, even after 4 decades years of service. We are a Christian, therapeutic boarding school and ranch, devoted to helping troubled boys by applying faith-based solutions to life’s problems.
Our approach to learning is very structured and disciplined. Our approach to teaching, program format and interventional style are all biblically based. We see academic success as a key to long-term life success.
We strive to help the boys become psychologically balanced, physically healthy, mentally sound, academically accomplished, socially adjusted and spiritually alive. We have seen even the most oppositional and out-of-control boys transform their lives and become young men of character and integrity.
With our critical phase Aftercare program, we don’t disappear after your child returns to home and family, but help with his transition challenges, by finding a local mentor, providing continued encouragement and accountability, and avoiding a return to the problems that brought him to us in the first place.
It can be overwhelming to send your child outside your home for the help he needs, and the hardest thing you will ever have to do as a parent. If no other treatments have worked, his problems persist, or are worsening, or his behaviors placing his health or life at risk, consider Teen Challenge for your boy.
Boys are taught the importance of goals and perseverance; our therapeutic program offers hope to reach their full potential and the opportunity for a new and more productive future.
“Teen Challenge gives our kids something to live for – a relationship with God, a healthy self-esteem, and a direction in their lives that finally leads somewhere.”
Former Attorney General
“Teen Challenge changes the world one person at a time.”
Founder, Prison Fellowship
“The Teen Challenge program succeeds when all of the government programs have failed.”
“Too many young [people] have already lost their lives. Teen Challenge works to change young people’s lives by changing their hearts.”
“In my opinion, Teen Challenge is doing the best all-around job of providing the kids with something meaningful in their lives. And that’s what they all need.”
Former US Drug Czar
“Of all the programs reported to the Commission, the most successful is the program conducted by Teen Challenge.”
Past Director, AT&T Corporation
“Teen Challenge is one of the most successful programs in our country.”