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obsessive compulsive disorder
Posted by: Shirley
Date: October 29, 2003 8:17 PM

What is the basis for obsessive compulsive disorder? Is there a means of ridding one of this affliction? Seems as if this behavior of ocd is a means of my trying to protect myself from a perceived fear or danger. This problem began while in my 20s and has persisted ever since. It never improves. I've searched for the answer but nothing has helped. I hope you will have some experience with this that can help.

RE: obsessive compulsive disorder
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: October 29, 2003 8:43 PM

There are many theories about the cause of OCD ranging from demon influence through childhood trauma, past life trauma, and most recently to low levels of the brain chemical serotonin. It appears OCD may run in some families, although there could be explanations other than genetics. The fact that there are so many interpretations should tell us that no one knows as a certainty what the cause may be. Science has certainly not yielded a cure for this problem. From a nutritional standpoint, I have heard of case reports of improvement with intravenous vitamin C although I have not had occasion to try it in my practice (no one has come to me with this problem). Probably you have tried a lot of possibilities already. However, you may not have exhausted all possibilities. Be careful not to exclude any approach because it does not fit your pre-existing ideas of what is possible. The point is to find something which works and if something works and is hard to believe, who cares?

RE: obsessive compulsive disorder
Posted by: Shirley
Date: November 1, 2003 4:58 PM

Thank you for your response. I was not surprised when you suggested the possibility that this problem might have an origin in a childhood trauma or some past life experience. Many years ago it came upon me that my OCD must come from some past life fear or something of that nature. I have not tried hypnosis but if I could find a person who does this kind of work, and one who I felt confident with I would like to try it. It is also worth trying to raise my serotonin levels to see if that is of benefit. Once there was a slight improvement when I tried using a mineral complex, doubling the dose, but have tried it since and it has not worked. To my knowledge no one in my family has had this disorder, but I doubt if any of my family knows I suffer with it, we hide the behavior quite well. Thanks again.



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