Lets understand first, what is OCD?
OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER is an anxiety disorder in which a person has persistence unwanted thoughts. This obsession with unwanted thoughts in mind leads to distress usually anxiety-provoking and certain repeated behavior or actions with the compulsion to control the distress, repeated acts which relieve feelings of tension.
Person is unable to control either the thoughts or activities for more than short period of time. These activities occur in such a degree that person’s daily life is negatively affected.
- Disorder is genetic and runs in family
- Among the psychological factors “theory of suppression” of mental trauma in the past or childhood leading to such chronic anxiety states is one of the main ones.
- OCD is usually considered to have both psychological and neurobiological components. Having insufficient levels of serotinin (a neurochemical found in brain) is one of the neurobiological factors.
Obsessions: Are frequent & persistent thoughts, impulses or images that are normally experienced as intrusive & senseless. They are usually accompanied by marked anxiety.
Compulsions: Are repetitive behaviors. The persistent thought of e.g.
- Hands getting contaminated or dirty on touching objects with frequent washing of hands;
- Doubts whether the door is closed or not with checking the door again and again;
- Persistent religious thoughts with excessive praying;
- Presence of impulsive and aggressive thoughts; obsession to have things in a proper order at all times; and
- Counting or repeating words silently.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (exposure and response prevention): involves teaching the person to deliberately come in contact with the situations that triggers the obsessive thoughts and fears (exposure).without carrying out the usual compulsive act associated with the obsession (response prevention). Thus gradually learning to tolerate the discomfort and anxiety associated with not performing the ritualistic behavior. The person fairly quickly habituates to the anxiety producing situation and discovers that their anxiety levels drops considerably.
- Medications: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, clomipramine, trycyclic antipsychotic are used.
While treating such disorders modern homoeopaths like psychoanalysts, dig deep into the patient’s psyche. They uncovering of the sublimated and unconscious nature of psychological disorders and interpretations of how these sublimated psychological patterns contain symbolic representations of transpersonal unconscious materials. They also understand perspective as to how these impressions are locked into actual physical states. And in measure as this is so, they are able to apply them with success for the relief of persons suffering from OCD.
There are many eminent homeopathic remedies for OCD, but today I will be discussing which some of the commonest top rated homeopathic medicines are and which are rampantly used by many homeopaths across the globe.
The medicines given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but they are not complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice.
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Arsenicum Album: for persistent thoughts of death
Person who has persistent thoughts of death and thus take no medicine, as they think that their death is very near and at this stage taking any medicine is of no use. Such patients need people around them and cannot remain alone because they feel worse when alone. The thoughts of death accompanied by extreme restlessness, where the patient jumps out of bed and moves here and there with anxiety.
Argentum Nitricum: for impulsive thoughts
These persistent impulsive thoughts can have different symptom presentations like while travelling in a train the persistent impulsive thought is to jump out of the window; while crossing a bridge over a river, the constant thought is to jump into the river or when standing on high buildings, there is the horrific thought of jumping down. the impulsive thoughts make the patient very anxious and restless. This results in extreme and constant walking to get rid of such impulsive thoughts and the person walks till all strength of body is lost.
Nux Vomica, Arsenicum Album and Carcinosinum: for Obsessive compulsory disorder with tendency to put everything in order
Nux Vomica are oversensitive and of a careful and angersome nature who demand all the things done as they want and easily get angry if the order is not followed.
Arsenicum Album who are very conscious about the order of things and cannot rest if the things are not in their proper place. This compulsion can go to such an extent that even if a painting hanging on the wall is slightly tilted,the mind does not rest till it is properly placed and the patient leaves every other work for this. Such patients also demand neatness in clothing.
Carcinosinum who are very concerned about cleanliness and want a specific pattern to be followed not only in placing things, but also in their dressing style. For instance, they always like colour matching while dressing up and also when decorating the room. They demand perfection in every work done to such an extent that it does not seem or look normal.
Natrum Muriaticum – for compulsion to check locked doors repeatedly
who are obsessed with the idea that thieves may strike and repeatedly check the locks of doors. The obsession is so persistent that the patient even has dreams of thieves in the house and wakes up to check the doors again and again.
Syphilinum and Medorrhinum – for obsessive compulsive disorder with compulsion of washing hands
who feel the compulsion to wash their hands again and again due to the persistent thought of getting their hands contaminated or dirty by touching any object. Such patients feel that germs are present on each and every object and get into the habit of washing hands at very short intervals, without giving any consideration to other important work in their lives.
Silicea – for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with thoughts of pins
Silicea who have the persistent thought of pins and fearing pins, look for,collect and even count pins again and again.
Calcarea Carbonica – for persistent thought of going mad or insane
who are mentally exhausted and constantly think of going mad or insane. This thought of going mad prevails in the patient’s mind day and night and he or she is unable to put it aside even during sleep. This fear of going mad leads to great distress and to overcome it, the patient leaves all pending work aside and keeps himself or herself busy in breaking sticks or bending pins.
Stramonium and Pulsatilla: For with persistent religious thoughts
are equally good in tackling the persistent religious thoughts in patients where the patient constantly thinks about religion, reads holy books all the time and is almost always praying.
Dr. Dhanashree Bhosale associated doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah, team
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