I have three boys. My youngest, K, was diagnosed with TS in 2nd grade, and I’m not always sure which is worse — the TS or the OCD. They also believe K has bi-polar disorder but since he is so young they are, for now, calling it a “mood disorder.”
K went from this happy child to a sad 12-year-old middle school student. We see a doctor in New York City monthly and a therapist here weekly. He is on Clonidine and Zoloft. I just took him of Risperidone because I didn’t feel it was doing much for him.
His tics are a lot of head and arm jerking. He also repeats things over and over, along with high-pitch speech once in awhile. AND, he whistles the same tune ALL the time. (Can you tell that is my favorite one??) He is starting to isolate himself and wants to spend more and more time alone, and he’s gaving a lot of difficulties in school, too.
I would love to hear other mom’s or dad’s inputs — to talk to someone else who is going through this would be like therapy for me. Other people can say they understand, but they cannot unless their child has TS and the other things that go with it. There are times when I’m not sure I can make it through this, as I’m sure all moms in this situation have felt. I would love to “vent” and also learn what possibly worked and did not work for them.