Last year, 12-year-old Ryan Mendoza’s obsessive compulsive disorder became so bad, his mother said, that his triggers — the wind and spotting the number “6″ — would drive him to have crippling and violent meltdowns.
Completely incapacitated by his disorder, the boy was not responding to numerous drug therapies and he became despondent, said Judy Mendoza. On one occasion, when she pulled into her driveway, Ryan ran out of the house, threw himself on the hood of her car, and begged her to kill him, she recalled.
“I want you to run me down,” she said he told her. “I don’t want to live anymore. I don’t want to live with this OCD anymore.’”