Who doesn’t have an obsessive compulsion or two: “I think that I turned off the stove, let me go back and just double check one last time.” “I know I said I wouldn’t buy another (chocolate bar, dress, car, etc.) but I can’t help myself – I absolutely have to have one.”
The problem of making a diagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder ( OCD ) might be said to be one of degree, more than anything else. Anyone can obsess a little bit over routine or not unusual things, as mentioned above. When the obsessive behavior begins to impede quality of life, would be one especially important marker symptom that might preclude obsessive compulsive disorder treatment options.
Obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms are found most often in the high IQ, as it requires quite complex thinking patterns to maintain the activity. Such things as counting breaths, or steps, or fixating on certain number patterns, or activities may seem absurd to others, and for this very reason are sometimes kept secret. That alone can cause distress and invite self criticism and further rumination on these compulsive activities and thought patterns. Often, the repeated compulsive actions are to provide relief from a symptom of worsening anxiety that builds up and this is the general pattern. A certain level of anxiety is driving the compulsive behaviors. It’s a matter of what makes someone feel comfortable, safe and secure, what turns off the symptoms, and the logic used to assuage such actions and habits.
We can help replace compulsions and obsessions with healthy and positive behaviors.
Often, a very high level of anxiety is present in a person who is involved in extremes of habitual actions, without which habitual actions, their anxiety level would be completely debilitating. Drugs are commonly prescribed to bring the level of anxiety or self criticism to a more tolerable level. But these drugs usually come with their own additional negative side effects. It is interesting to note that since Serotonin is considered to be the anti-rumination neurochemical, it is thought that its deficit is possibly linked to obsessive compulsive disorder. Adequate Serotonin would tend to cancel or neutralize the impulse of acting on a feeling like wanting to die.
Though not found effective, pharmaceutical companies market and sell antidepressants with jargon to target this neurochemical (as it in truth assists in keeping a person from acting on impulse). However, adequate amounts of serotonin are not achieved in taking antidepressants. Existing serotonin is recycled, but not increased by these antidepressants. Happily though, it is possible to boost Serotonin naturally using protocols and treatments that seek to repair neurochemical production and distribution in the body, and hence this is a treatment that can provide relief from this grinding affliction.
We investigate all possible avenues of underlying causes and potential corrections to sustain relief from symptoms.
Having a more balanced neurochemistry will calm these impulses and compulsive thoughts, worries, behaviours and other symptoms. At Alternative to Meds Center, we have helped many people suffering from OCD symptoms, by holistic means alone. Where drugs have been over prescribed, we can assist this as well to regain the energy that springs from the well of good health. The Alternative to meds Center welcomes you to call the number on this page for more information about how we can help treat OCD symptoms without medication.
Call us today and we can help with getting started on the correct path for treatment of OCD symptoms.
Dr. John Motl, M.D.
Dr Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.