Hudson’s parents had been concerned about unusual episodes of eye rolling, injuries and frustration that their son had been experiencing since he was a toddler. They were shocked to discover he was having hundreds of “absence” seizures daily. In addition to epilepsy, Hudson was beginning to develop tics and mild Tourette syndrome.
Following a proper dose of epilepsy medications, Hudson’s seizure activity was under control. However, he was also struggling with anxiety and OCD, which began to escalate at an alarming rate. He became tormented by disturbing thoughts that he couldn’t get out of his mind, which caused him to be terrified about being separated from his parents. Following a two-week stay at the Mental Health Unit at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, where he was diagnosed with OCD and anxiety and provided a comprehensive plan for treatment, his parents started seeing a real difference in their boy.
While Hudson is still taking medication for epilepsy, he is living seizure free. His tics have been significantly reduced thanks to non-invasive brain stimulation called transcranial magnetic stimulation that his specialists used to treat his Tourette syndrome.
Hudson’s diagnosis of OCD and anxiety will be a lifelong challenge. However, knowing that he has the support of the Alberta Children’s Hospital gives him confidence and comfort knowing they are there to help him when he is struggling.
Hudson has grown into a compassionate young man who recognizes and reaches out to others facing challenges.