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Thank you for getting my boy back from the brink of his OCD journey this year. We were slow to spot the signs of his initial descent as our usually engaged, happy child became slowly drawn into illness; unable to get to sleep bedtimes became a battleground, with a reduced appetite he became an even more fussy eater, he became increasingly irritable and anxious, refused playdates and parties, stopped playing lego or drawing, struggled with focusing on homework and was impacted with violent meltdowns after school. This descent continued over several months with trouble getting dressed, out of the house, getting to school, coupled with hand washing, contamination fears, sensory issues spiralling out of control with smell, touch and sounds bothering him to such a degree that he became incredibly distressed. All these symptoms took hold over the course of about 9 months but we didn’t see clearly at the time as our lives slowly reduced to holding it together from one day to the next. We are forever grateful that you were able to offer us solutions at a time when we didn’t know there were any. Luckily thanks to your intervention with thorough testing and a bespoke treatment plan, you were able to turn him around and within 6 weeks we were seeing an improvement in his symptoms lessening their grip. Within 3 months he could rebuff the intrusive thoughts and start to eat again, and after 6 months he was totally free – free from all of the symptoms that had shackled and plagued him – it was an absolute delight to have our son back to full health. (We had a CAMHS referral made at the beginning of the year but by the time they rang to offer us an appointment he had recovered!) We can’t thank you enough for saving him from what would have been a very difficult future had we not benefited from your incredible expertise and understanding of the gut-brain links. Thank you!
Without your help our teenage son would still be grappling with Anorexia. I still can’t quite fathom how our healthy, active, vibrant child (he was our best eater!) fell into having Anorexic thoughts, other than that it followed a period of tummy aches and cramps that lingered on after he had a vomiting and diarrhoea bug last year. He was not putting on weight despite eating well. At some point the anorexic thoughts kicked in (CAMHS Eating Disorder unit told us about the Minnesota Starvation Study which explains that weight loss creates this onset) and then it became obvious to us that he was very ill when he lost a lot of weight in a short space of time. Needless to say this was a frightening time for any parent. Incredibly you were able to tap into his gut issues straight away with a range of different tests that helped right his tummy and the rest is history. His recovery was so swift that I wouldn’t hesitate to call it miraculous. He didn’t look back once your treatment plan was underway, and he was able to put weight on at a steady pace again, regaining his health and being free of the intrusive thoughts within 6 months. Your knowledgable guidance and support throughout has been a life raft for us all.