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Natural OCD Remedies
The following are the most common symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
Compulsive behaviors (the repetitive rituals used to reduce anxiety caused by the obsessions) can become excessive, disruptive, and time-consuming, and may interfere with daily activities and relationships. Examples of compulsive behaviors may include:
The symptoms of OCD may resemble other medical conditions or psychiatric problems, including Tourette’s disorder.
There has not been a single proven cause identified for OCD. Researchers believe OCD is related to low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. It is thought that those that suffer with OCD may have receptor sites that are blocked or function incorrectly, preventing serotonin from exhibiting its full affects. A person with OCD may not have enough serotonin. Serotonin supplements which contain the precursors that enable the brain to make more serotonin have helped many OCD sufferers to function better.
OCD tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic component. However, OCD may also develop without a family history of OCD. Recent studies suggest that streptococcal infections may trigger the onset or increase the severity of OCD, in some cases.
In our practice the work up includes Neurotransmitter levels, especially serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, histamine, and GABA. B12, Homocysteine, copper and zinc levels are also checked.
The following OCD supplements may provide natural relief for OCD symptoms. We use these OCD supplements in our clinic either by themselves or in combination with an SSRI anti-depressant:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective means of controlling anxious and intrusive thoughts, as experienced with obsessions and compulsions. Research shows that children can be taught to “challenge” their anxious or excessive thoughts by being taught to better understand what is taking place. Though not a full answer, study results are encouraging. Many are not aware of this method, and it is not always easy to find a practitioner.