Thank you for the help offered in ACN’s wonderful book, Natural Treatments for Tics and Tourettes. Some of the suggestions were instrumental in my son Thomas’s recovery. Knowing the desperate feeling of looking for solutions to these problems, I hope my report helps other families.
Several years ago, Thomas was bright, athletic, well adjusted, popular, and had great people skills. Over a period of about 36 months he began to show signs of anxiety that slowly—then rapidly—took over his life. My husband and I ran as fast as we could to figure out what was unfolding and why. But it was like a giant, nightmarish jigsaw puzzle.
After these dark, scary, and confusing months, Thomas was 16 years old when he was diagnosed with Aspergers, Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), ADHD and a learning disability. We were shocked and devastated. How could it be? We felt so hopeless.
Soon after this, my six-foot, strong son was hospitalized with serious case of cellulitis that had gone undiagnosed. Cellulitis is a skin condition caused by bacteria, often strep. Because he didn’t feel any pain and was oblivious to most of what was going on around him, this went unreported and hence undiagnosed. Looking back, this was an indicator of how unaware my son had become of his surroundings and his dysfunction. He spent much of his time and energy managing his Tourettes and OCD, and had grown hypervigilant to nonsensical things—but unaware of normal functioning around him.
At my wits end, I asked a naturopathic doctor if he knew how to treat this strange combination of symptoms. Hereferred me to another doctor who specialized in naturopathic medicine, and was told he was a leader in the field of autism spectrum disorders. I felt scared and hopeless as I called to make the appointment. I asked the receptionist if the doctor had any success with a diagnosis like this and she assured me he had.
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