Junior Member (female)
Join Date: Mar 2008
don't give up! natural remedies helped me.
hey everyone, i just replied to a couple of posts, and thought i'd put my reply for everyone, in case this could help you. I have had awful ocd and was very suicidal, i had ocd over all kinds of things, always being afraid of my own mind and my thoughts, i could get ocd over so many things, and life was awful. I was scared of using antidepressants, so i looked for alternatives, and found many, and for me, they really worked. i got huge help from bach flower remedies(bach flower remedies can be used with any medication, 'cos they are so called "energy medicine" so if you are on medication bach remedies can be used anyway); white chestnut for unwanted repetitive and intrusive thoughts that won't go away, cherry plum for fear of going crazy and losing mind and losing control and doing something you don't want to do, pine for guilt, crab apple for fear of dirt, contamination, sin, bacteria etc, scleranthus for being unable to decide, constantly changing mind, cerato for not trusting yourself and your inner voice and being very sensitive to outside influence, always doubting yourself, and also walnut for protection from outside influence, mimulus and aspen for fears, so these flower remedies are really good for ocd. i also used st. john's wort, valerian and passion flower and took zinc and magnesium and a good E-EPA fish oil capsules (E-EPA and st. john's wort have been in some research found to be very effective in treating ocd, but i found valerian and passion flower to be very calming, and zinc and magnesium are good for the nervous system, too), i read up a lot on orthomolecular medicine, that treats mental disorders (schizophrenia, panic attacks, ocd, depression....) with vitamins and minerals, fatty acids and a gluten-free diet also free of sugars, caffeine and additives (i have noticed that sugar and caffeine give me anxiety and after ingesting gluten i don't feel good either, being gluten-free has helped me tremendously with ocd and anxiety). The herbal remedies and vitamins and fatty acids are supposed to naturally balance and help the brain and nervous system, so that ocd is naturally healed (ocd is thought to have being caused by low amounts of serotonin and dopamin and these remedies help with that), i've read about remedies like amoryn (that has herbs and vitamins in it, that have been very helpful for ocd, i haven't used amoryn myself, but have used some of the stuff that's in it). don't give up, you will get better, just keep finding and searching for cures and remedies, just don't give up! i don't know if this was of any help to you, sorry to bother you with this, but just in case, i want you to know there is lots of help out there for ocd! also, you can google "alternativementalhealth" or "orhtomolecular medicine" and you'll get links to websites that treat mental health problems for example ocd, the natural way, and there were testimonials on the websites that can give so much hope. you can overcome and beat ocd completely, the intrusive and scary thoughts are ocd, it's not you!
take care everyone, i truly hope you can all overcome and get better and i believe you will!