In 2012 when Lauren began high school in Moncton she started to experience symptoms of Selective Mutism (SM), an anxiety disorder that left her unable to speak in specific situations. Soon, the condition progressed to the point where she could only speak at home. One year later, Lauren also began to experience OCD, her impulses would cause her to turn the shower on and off three times, or lead her to believe she had to wear certain colours in order to pass tests. Shortly after graduating, Lauren’s had an OCD impulse that she could not speak at all. As a result, she went completely mute. After six days of silence, she was referred to the IWK Emergency Department and admitted. Six days into her treatment, 12 days after she initially stopped speaking, Lauren spoke her first words. Today, Lauren is an active volunteer, she started teaching curling basics to youth, became a literacy tutor for grade 2 students at her former elementary school, and joined the speaker’s bureau run by the mental health and addictions team She credits the IWK with teaching her skills to help her manage her OCD.
Lauren is just one example of the good work that results from contributions to the IWK Change Challenge. For More Info. and to sign up go to: http://1039maxfm.com/event/2018-103-9-max-fm-cares-for-kids-iwk-radiothon/