Healing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with Homeopathy
Anyone who has experienced OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder, directly or through a loved one knows that it can seriously impact one’s quality of life. Rituals and repetitive behaviors can be very time consuming and prevent people suffering from OCD from engaging in common activities such as playing sports, going out with friends, going to other people’s houses, or even going to school or work.
What exactly is OCD?
- Fear of germs (which may cause one to avoid touching certain objects, to wash hands, clean clothes, or clean the house excessively)
- Needing to change clothes, re-make the bed, etc repeatedly till things feel “right”
- Needing repeatedly to make sure lights are off, doors are locked, etc (aka “checking”)
- Arranging items in patterns
- Counting while performing a task such as opening a door or walking up steps to land on a “good” or “safe” number
- Fear that a certain actions or the failure to do certain rituals will cause others or themselves harm
What Causes OCD?
Children and adults with OCD generally live with a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. Watching your child or loved one go through this kind of stress (or going through it yourself!) can be very painful. Fortunately, there are many holistic, gentle treatments for OCD.
Help for OCD through Nutrition
Help for OCD through Homeopathy
People that need argentum nitricum tend to be open, friendly, and quirky. They often have unusual impulses, such as the urge to blurt something out, touch someone, or do something inappropriate. They may spend a lot of energy trying to hold themselves back from acting these out. They tend to have many fears and superstitions. Common phobias include tight spaces, tests, and an extreme fear of being late.
People that need arsenicum album generally have an extreme fear of germs, and may feel the need to wash their hands, shower, brush their teeth, or clean their rooms compulsively. All fears tend to be around security: in addition to fearing germs, they may have a fear of other types of illness (especially cancer), a fear robbers or someone breaking in to the house, or a fear of death. Because of this they always need someone nearby and are afraid to be alone. They can be critical, irritable, and demanding.
People who respond well to Bufo rana tend to be overly sensitive, and may react by getting overloaded, having a melt down or an outburst, and then isolating. It is a common remedy for OCD in autism or PDD.
People that need calcarea carbonica tend to be organized, pleasant, and hard working. Children may be obsessed with organizing and lining up objects. Adults and children can have many fears that center around losing control and being unable to work or otherwise fulfill their duty. Common fears include fear of going insane, hypochondria, claustrophobia, fear of heights, fear of driving over bridges, fear of ghosts or spirits, and fear of natural disasters.
People who need homeopathic causticum often have a free-floating anxiety and a sense that something bad is about to happen or that they have forgotten something. Their fears and rituals can especially get bad just after sundown, as night time can trigger more anxiety. They are “checkers” - they may feel compelled to check repeatedly to make sure the stove is off, that they have their keys, or that the door is locked. Interestingly, people may often have this rigidity on a physical level as well, with tight tendons and muscles, arthritis, and calcifications in their tissues.