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OK, Raising kids, even angels, is difficult. If, amidst the joys and pleasures, it doesn't strike you as difficult, you're missing something.
Most kids at some stage or another, collect stuff. It may become a formal collection of stamps ( though such tradtional collecting seems to be becoming rarer these days ) or just an assembly of attractive stones, feathers, what a pretentious artist would call "found objects".
Insisting on keeping them in his underpants rather than pockets or bad is odd, as is his apparent forgetting about them, till rediscovering them at bathtime, and his apparent sense of embarrassment on their discovery.
What is fascinating, is that apparently he has asked for help to stop, which suggests that he personally considers it odd and unsatisfying,m or at least recognizes that other people consider it odd.
It would be best to discuss this with the school psychologist, who can explore this better as part of a proper assessment, and see it in broader context.
An OCD can start young, and is often not recognized. Short of a disorder, some of us have an Obsessive personality, compared to others. But the rigidity with which he sticks to his routines, and the panic if the rituals are disrupted sounds more like OCD, though it can also be seen in conditions like mild Autism. So convey these concerns to the psychologist, so she can get directly to the important diagnostic point, rather than wittering around in generalities which are much less important at this stage. Whatever the diagnosis ultimately, he's likely to manage better and feel better with some psychological help.
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