Dan hit bottom while he was at college, fifteen hundred miles away from home. And I took absolutely none of the advice that I just gave in the previous blog.
While I was frantically rearranging my life so I could fly down and be with Dan, I begged him to go to the counseling center at school. But his OCD had taken such control over him that he was not able to physically enter that particular building, as well as several others, on campus. He was in desperate need of help and so I spoke to the head of counseling at Dan’s college, and she recommended a particular psychiatrist in town. Dan got himself there, met with the psychiatrist and left with prescriptions for Prozac and Abilify. There was no other therapy offered and I later learned that psychiatrists pretty much only dispense and monitor meds. You need to find a therapist (clinical psychologist, social worker, etc.) for additional therapy.
If only I had known about the International OCD Foundation at that point. I would have checked their listing of therapists online and found that there was an absolutely wonderful clinical psychologist who specializes in OCD just twenty minutes from Dan’s school. It never occurred to me to research anything at that point. We were going through a crisis, and I was just not thinking clearly.
So now Dan was taking two medications. And there would be lots more to come.
How did you find your current treatment provider(s)? Are you satisfied with them? Are you still looking for a good fit? Or are you not even bothering with therapy now? I’d love to hear your stories……..