Bradley Hospital OCD program holds reunion for kids, families

Left to right: David McConville, Lori Padilla, Manny Padilla, Jennifer Freeman

EAST PROVIDENCE — Manny Padilla was about 8 years old when he began to experience symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

“I started having so much anxiety and I would just be like throwing up, having stomach aches, nose bleeds, all that stuff,” he said. “I thought there was something physically wrong with me. I thought I had something that was not treatable.”

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Some of his anxiety involved his mother, Lori Padilla.

“My mom would go out for 10 seconds and I’d be, like, Where is she? What happened? What’s going on?

At school, Lori recalled, “he wasn’t able to focus, he wasn’t able to write, he wasn’t able to talk to anybody. Kids were not understanding. He was getting bullied. He wanted to be part of the kids yet he couldn’t.”