Mental Health

Have Mental Health Questions? Ask a Psychiatrist Online

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Mental Health

My son just turned 13, he is currently dealing with thoughts…

Customer Question
My son just turned...

My son just turned 13, he is currently dealing with thoughts of a sexual nature. He reports that his thoughts range from sex with children as well as adults. This really bothers him, he thinks is a horrible person and a pedophile

Doctor's Assistant: Is this your first time reaching out for information about this? In general, how would you describe your overall health?

Yes, he is a healthy boy

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the Psychologist should know?

He was diagnosed with ADD in the Second grade

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Mental Health
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Mental Health Question
Answered in 11 minutes by:
1/1/2018
Mental Health Professional: Linda D., Psychotherapist, LMSW, CASAC replied 1 month ago
Linda D.
Linda D., Psychotherapist, LMSW, CASAC
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 819
Experience: LMSW, CASAC
Verified
Hello and thank you for reaching out to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed psychotherapist in the state of New York and I have worked with numerous adolescent males. I will return with my thoughts in a moment.
Ask Your Own Mental Health Question
Mental Health Professional: Linda D., Psychotherapist, LMSW, CASAC replied 1 month ago

It would be helpful if you talked to your son and told him you are consulting with a therapist and I have a few questions that I would like to know so I can understand what is bothering him better. Here are my questions..........make sure he knows it is safe to be honest and you will not judge him, get upset or think less of him differently (all reasons why kids tend to not be honest with parents but will be honest with a therapist).

1). How many times a day would he say that he is having sexual thoughts?

2). For how long have these thoughts been bothering him; a week, a month, months?

3). Has he seen pictures or videos of people having sex?

4). Has anyone said or done anything sexual to him or around him that is bothering him?

What he is experiencing may just be a result of normal developmental curiosity and random thoughts, but these questions will help me to understand if there is a mental health/emotional issue underlying his distress. Thank you, ***** ***** forward to hearing back from you. Linda

Ask Your Own Mental Health Question
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
He is very open and honest with his mother and me! We talk open and honestly in our households. His mother and I are divorcing but keep a very open line of communication especially when it relates to our children. The Thoughts started to be more frequent over the past couple weeks. They initially started about a month or so ago. He says they occur 2-3 times a day. I have asked him about viewing videos and pictures, but he says that he does not view them. I have checked his electronic devices and found nothing troubling. I have asked him, if anyone has touched him inappropriately in the past and he denies it. I have also asked him if he has touched anyone inappropriately and he denied that as well. He actually said he would never do that.
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
No Thank you! This doesn't seem as uncommon as I first thought. Was just wandering what the treatment options were.
Mental Health Professional: Linda D., Psychotherapist, LMSW, CASAC replied 1 month ago

I am so glad to hear that you have been able to create an open, honest environment for him. Given all of the answers to my questions, I think this is simply normal development that all adolescents find themselves thinking about and talking about. Reassure him that people who are pedophiles do not worry that they will become one, that part of their conscience or beliefs have become distorted or damaged. And it is most usually as a result of being traumatized sexually as a child themselves. Let him know his thoughts are in his control and he can distract himself or just let the thoughts come and go without judging them. These are the two most effective techniques for addressing distressing thoughts. He is fortunate to have you in his life researching for him and supporting him. Many young men do not have this and they can become ashamed of their thoughts and judge themselves harshly which is unhealthy for them. I wish you and your family all the best. Please let me know if I can help further. Sincerely, ***** ***** LMSW, CASAC

Ask Your Own Mental Health Question
Mental Health Professional: Linda D., Psychotherapist, LMSW, CASAC replied 1 month ago

If you no longer need my assistance, may I ask you to rate my service to you? I would greatly appreciate it. Sincerely, ***** ***** LMSW, CSAC

Ask Your Own Mental Health Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Linda D. Your Own Question
Linda D.
Linda D.
Linda D., Psychotherapist, LMSW, CASAC
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 819
819 Satisfied Customers
Experience: LMSW, CASAC

Linda D. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much

Corrie MollPretoria, South Africa

I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well!

ClaudiaAlbuquerque, NM

Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion.

KevinBeaverton, OR

Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
I feel better already! Thank you.

ElanorTracy, CA

Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem.

JulieLockesburg, AR

You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions.

John and StefanieTucson, AZ

I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!!

Janet VPhoenix, AZ

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Keane

Dr. Keane

Therapist

1,379 satisfied customers

Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.

TherapistMarryAnn

TherapistMarryAnn

Therapist

4,021 satisfied customers

Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.

Dr. Olsen

Dr. Olsen

Psychologist

2,336 satisfied customers

PsyD Psychologist

Norman M.

Norman M.

Principal psychotherapist in private practice. Newspaper contributor, over 2000 satisfied clients on JA

2,246 satisfied customers

ADHP(NC), DEHP(NC), ECP, UKCP Registered.

Dr. Michael

Dr. Michael

Psychologist

2,177 satisfied customers

Licensed Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology with 30 years of experience in private practive and as a clinical psychology university professor.

Steven Olsen

Steven Olsen

Therapist

1,728 satisfied customers

More than twenty years of expertise in counseling, psychological diagnosis and education

Anna

Anna

Mental Health Professional

1,656 satisfied customers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 29 years in addictions and mental health.

< Previous | Next >

Related Mental Health Questions
I am suffering terribly from breathing OCD - which has
Dear Sir,I am suffering terribly from breathing OCD - which has started two months ago. I am fully aware of my breath every second day and night :( It happened to me in a mild way 13 years ago and dis… read more
Dr. Kaushik
Dr. Kaushik
PSYCHIATRIST ( MD Psychiatry)
Doctoral Degree
204 satisfied customers
Please I a finding it for hard to focus on daily things, I
Hi, please I a finding it for hard to focus on daily things, I cant find help on what I'm looking for even my family doctor cant please its ADHD ADD help assessment diagnosis in my area Mississauga On… read more
llw26
llw26
Private Practice
Doctoral Degree
11 satisfied customers
Severe anxiety, by- polar manic depress. 6 years, being in
severe anxiety, by- polar manic depress. JA: How long have you been dealing with this? Is there anything in particular that seems to make the symptoms better or worse? Customer: 6 years, being in the … read more
Dr. Kaushik
Dr. Kaushik
PSYCHIATRIST ( MD Psychiatry)
Doctoral Degree
204 satisfied customers
I have chronic depression and was taking wellbutrin 300 mg
Hello I have chronic depression and was taking wellbutrin 300 mg with pristiq 100 mg For 4 years I've also taken valdoxan 100 mg to help me sleep for 4 months but it gave me twichings The medication s… read more
Dr. Kaushik
Dr. Kaushik
PSYCHIATRIST ( MD Psychiatry)
Doctoral Degree
204 satisfied customers
I am currently on depakote and invega trinza I was wondering
i am currently on depakote and invega trinza I was wondering what can help me get motivated. I also am going to ask my doctor if i can take wellbutrin … read more
Dr. Kaushik
Dr. Kaushik
PSYCHIATRIST ( MD Psychiatry)
Doctoral Degree
204 satisfied customers
OKMH-VZ I suffer from much fatigue, that may stem from
OKMH-VZ I suffer from much fatigue, that may stem from depression. I was on Wellbutrin which was helping somewhat , but not enough, so I was told Prozac is activating so I've added to my 300 mg of Wel… read more
Dr. Kaushik
Dr. Kaushik
PSYCHIATRIST ( MD Psychiatry)
Doctoral Degree
204 satisfied customers
Three years ago I was diagnosed with PTSD by a local
Three years ago I was diagnosed with PTSD by a local psychiatrist. I went to him as I was stuck and having a hard time completing any of my household paperwork, I.e., bills, taxes, cling accounts, etc… read more
Linda D.
Linda D.
Psychotherapist, LMSW, CASAC
819 satisfied customers
I've been taking Wellbutrin off and on for 15 years to treat
I've been taking Wellbutrin off and on for 15 years to treat ADD and mild HA The Wellbutrin started to become ineffective and it also began to make me have the jitters, like I drank too much coffee I … read more
Dr. Kaushik
Dr. Kaushik
PSYCHIATRIST ( MD Psychiatry)
Doctoral Degree
204 satisfied customers
I was dx with add, ocd tendencies and anxiety 10 years ago.
I was dx with add, ocd tendencies and anxiety 10 years ago. I stopped the adderal.meds bc if the crash they caused. I hear there is a time release that works good but in a new state and need doc tnst … read more
llw26
llw26
Private Practice
Doctoral Degree
11 satisfied customers
I am looking to add supplements to my diet. Specifically
Hi. I am looking to add supplements to my diet. Specifically L-Lipoic Acid, L-Theanine, L-Carnitine, and Cleated Magnesium … read more
Dr. Kaushik
Dr. Kaushik
PSYCHIATRIST ( MD Psychiatry)
Doctoral Degree
204 satisfied customers
My best friend "J" was diagnosed with ADD (or ADHD, I'm not
Hello, my best friend "J" was diagnosed with ADD (or ADHD, I'm not sure the difference), we are in our 40s. But I don't see her having this problem. When she was first diagnosed I just thought, oh it'… read more
Linda D.
Linda D.
Psychotherapist, LMSW, CASAC
819 satisfied customers
I used to take Dexedrine for adult ADD the dr thinks I
Hello, I used to take Dexedrine for adult ADD the dr thinks I should go back on it. I have been having trouble running my business and growing my business and getting organized. My son also used to ta… read more
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark
Doctoral Degree
129 satisfied customers
Im concerned that i may have ADD. It runs in the family with
Hi im concerned that i may have ADD. It runs in the family with my mother, brother and daughter. Can you tell me what assessments are necessary to do please. Im 42 and life is getting out of control w… read more
Therapist Leslie
Therapist Leslie
Masters, Professional Psychology
5 satisfied customers
Just looking for information to see if i suffer from ADD, I
just looking for information to see if i suffer from ADD … read more
Linda D.
Linda D.
Psychotherapist, LMSW, CASAC
819 satisfied customers
I just started wellbutrin XL 150 mg to add with my 20 mg
I just started wellbutrin XL 150 mg to add with my 20 mg prozac (I have been on prozac for 20 years and works great, but the last few years I might be getting prozac poop-out) I feel lousy on the Well… read more
LeahMSWuofm
LeahMSWuofm
Clinical Social Worker
Master\u0027s Degree
824 satisfied customers
I have been taking adderall for add for many years. I have
I have been taking adderall for add for many years. I have recently moved to central Texas, 6 hours away from my primary dr. and am unable to see him about getting back on the adderall. Is there any w… read more
LeahMSWuofm
LeahMSWuofm
Clinical Social Worker
Master\u0027s Degree
824 satisfied customers
My son is 24. He has been treated for ADD and Depression.
My son is 24. He has been treated for ADD and Depression. However, from time to time he has psychotic episodes where he perceives espionage type events, where people and events are after him. My wife … read more
Dr. Kaushik
Dr. Kaushik
PSYCHIATRIST ( MD Psychiatry)
Doctoral Degree
204 satisfied customers
I was being treated for ADD at a doctors office because my
I was being treated for ADD at a doctors office because my insurance doesn't cover psychiatry. My doctor is now saying in order to keep treatment I need a diagnosis now from a psychiatrist. Any reccem… read more
Michael Salama
Michael Salama
MD
670 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x