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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

July 19, 2013By

Homeopathy helped a child diagnosed with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Compulsively flicking switches, or turning the taps on and off seems to calm him down…

This was the observation of a mother whose child had been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) by a paediatrician.  She was accurate in her assessment, as compulsive behaviours are often driven by anxiety, and are an attempt to reduce stress.Unfortunately it only gives temporary and unsatisfactory relief as the sufferer is compelled to come back to the behavior again and again. For this child, breaking away from the activity was stress inducing and traumatic, and the whole family was affected by the OCD.

A course of homeopathic treatment helped this child to de-stress and subsequently the compulsive behaviours became unnecessary and dropped away. It was delightful to see his world and his family’s world open up as a result. The prospect of medicating this child was also averted. Homeopathy is a worthy complementary therapy for people with this condition, so look into it sooner rather than later.

In homeopathic treatment, the primary focus is on the individual and how they ‘do’ their OCD symptoms. There are so many ways that OCD presents in different people of different ages that the homeopathic treatment for one person will be different to another. This individualization of the case is important to a homeopath and affects the homeopathic prescription. It is important to persevere with a course of homeopathic treatment as OCD is a complex issue. When homeopathy stimulates the healing response in the OCD sufferer, they find it easier to trust and relax again.

Many people are often fully aware that their obsessive thoughts, ideas and compulsive behaviours are as ill-logical as they are compelling and may feel silly and embarrassed on top of everything else, so have to overcome this as well in order to seek help.

The beauty of the homeopathic consultation for people who feel embarrassed is that it is respectful and non-judgmental of the person as they tell of their symptoms, and therefore the sharing of the real depth of ones suffering is facilitated. It is not uncommon for me to hear from a client that they have never fully told all the details of their suffering to anyone before.

A compulsive behavior is often done in the hope of ridding oneself of the obsessive fearful thought. Common examples would be that excessive hand washing will avert infection/contamination; or compulsive checking/rechecking will avert something terrible from happening.

I have seen this particular manifestation come on after times of significant emotional stress or trauma. Life events such as childbirth; severe illness; an unexpected shock such as sudden relationship breakdown or witnessing a terrible accident, may trigger the onset of fearful obsessional thoughts and compulsive behaviours. Homeopathy excels in its ability to identify causations to the symptoms.

OCD can be mild, moderate or severe depending on how much the person suffers and how much it affects their relationships and freedoms to enjoy and function in daily life. If you’re not sure, ask yourself whether your compulsive behaviours and anxious thoughts are affecting your work, relationships or enjoyment of life? It’s worth seeking help from a health professional if you think they do have a restrictive or negative impact. Screening tools are readily available on the internet, just type in ‘OCD test’. They are not diagnostic but merely a quiz to help you determine whether it would be beneficial for you to seek your GP’s assessment.

It is important to remember that the obsessions and compulsions in OCD, are excessive and unreasonable and time consuming and create significant interference to the person’s life. They are more than excessive worry about real life problems.

Obsessions are thoughts, impulses or images which are intrusive, distressing and cause anxiety.

Compulsions can be behaviours or mental acts:

Common OCD behaviours are;

Compulsive Checking; of the safety and security of the environment eg. doors locked and appliances off; of the safety and whereabouts of the people they care about; that they haven’t caused harm accidentally; for mistakes in their tasks.

Elaborate Systems for ordering, arranging or categorizing; or hoarding,

Excessive and lengthy cleaning, hand washing and showering.

Constantly seeking reassurance,

Aversions or avoidance of certain things eg.colours

Examples of Mental acts are: compulsive praying, counting, word repetition.

In homeopathy we‘re particularly interested in which fear predominates and exactly how it manifests in the persons behavior. Each homeopathic medicine, and there are thousands, have specific affinities to certain types of fears/anxieties and its manifestations. Choosing the appropriate homeopathic treatment pathway is based on this assessment. Common themes to the underlying fears in OCD centre around safety, illness, poisoning, germs, contamination, a particular disease, death, losing control, being alone, poverty; causing harm or making mistakes /being imperfect.

Homeopathy is a great option for people looking for a supportive therapy that uses a holistic approach to address OCD symptoms. Make an appointment today and get started on the journey to better health.Visit www.susanblackshaw.com.au for more information about homeopathy and how it can help.

Susan Blackshaw Reg. Homeopath(AROH), RN.RM.BN

215 Coopers Camp Rd,
Ashgrove QLD 4060, Australia

Ph 0418 716 027

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