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Is this OCD?

shrubs56
shrubs56 Member Posts: 6 Listener
i support my son who has Asperger,anxiety and depression. Lately he’s developed an obsession to YouTube videos. All current affairs news items and conspiracy theories. Nothing wrong with that but now he can’t watch without constant rewinding to make sure he hasn’t missed anything. It’s taken over to the exclusion of anything else. I seem to have been enlisted to view with him and stop the rewinding. Is this support or enabling? Desperate to know what to do to help without exacerbating the problem? Thank you 

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  • Ails
    Ails Member Posts: 2,256 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @shrubs56 and welcome to the Community.  It is nice to meet you and thank you for sharing with us.  I'm sorry to hear of your son's health issues.  You may find the following organisation helpful to contact for support and information,

    https://www.autism.org.uk/

    There may be other members of the Community or one of the Community Team who may be able to suggest something else.  Please stay in touch and let us know how you and your son are getting on.  All the best.  :smile:


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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,598 Disability Gamechanger
    OCD takes many forms, the best advice I can give is a visit to see his GP, my DD had OCD related to food when she was recovering from anorexia and the doctors prescribed some medication for it (the name of which escapes me as it was 12 years ago) but it did work.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 8,167

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    edited October 2019
    Hi @shrubs56 and welcome to the community. MIND have some information about OCD here that might be of use, but if you have concerns I would, as woodbine advised, speak to your son's GP.
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  • Silver925
    Silver925 Member Posts: 87 Courageous
    Hi OCD does take many different forms as said above. I suffer from it myself. I suffer with mainly what's called reassurance OCD where. I constantly need reassurance and help from relatives about my fears and anxieties. Other forms include contamination fears, checking OCD, even something called religious OCD where one becomes obsessed with religious beliefs and superstitions. I have been obsessed about looking at things and playing things back over and over to be sure I have heard it right. I can be draining on your mind. He could have a fear of something he's heard about and is trying to find answers. Best thing is to try to get him to occupy his mind some other way or try to stay off social media for a while. Sometimes CBT can help. Good Luck
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,565 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @shrubs56 and a warm welcome to the community! How are you doing?
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