Posted by: concerned | 2009-03-11

what is wrong with my son?

Dear psychiatrist
I am a normal ?? mother with a 21 year old son. As far as I am concerned, he has the most revolting non existent hygiene habits, bathing once a week if we are lucky, wearing the same dirty clothes to work, eating with dirty greasy hands etc. At the same time, he spends his money running from doctor to doctor because he has total neurosis about candida in his mouth, but nothing I do or say or in desperation scream, has any effect on him. He is not an unintelligent person, has tertiary education and his job holds very good prospects, but I am sure that these prospects will not be coming his way. My other children do not have this hydrophobia. PLEASE HELP.

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He may just be a naturally sloppy person, but there are some conditions including schizophrenia and Aspergers which may lead to an intelligent adult being socially gauche and hygienically challenged. COuld you possibly talk him into haing a proper assessment by a good local psychiatrist to check on this ? And have a word with the next doc he is planning to visit about his mouth worries, to tip him off to investigate the whole personal hygiene issue, and persuade him that otal personal hygiene is the only way to solve his mouth concerns ?

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Posted by: Cami | 2009-03-12

shame man, good luck with this one. Wonder where he got this habit from. Normally we grow up to know we need to bath and be hygienic. Perhaps mention to him that he will NEVER find a girl if he carries on like this as young ladies like a freshly smelling clean shaven young man! But at 21 i suppose he has mind of his own. lets see what CS says about this one. its difficult!

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