Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This form of obsessive compulsive disorder treamtments has been very successful in treating OCD symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy encourages the person with OCD to gradually face whatever triggers the compulsive behaviors and also gives the individual the confidence to try and stop them. CBT also empowers the person with constructive ways of dealing with the anxiety that the OCD causes. As CBT works at a safe and steady pace, the long term effects are promising!
Several medications have been shown to help with the symptoms of OCD, some of which are clomipramine, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, sertraline, and paroxetine. While these anti-depressant drugs may be successful at lessening OCD symptoms, they do not address the root cause of the disorder and the symptoms will generally reappear once the medication is stopped.
These drugs also cause unwanted side effects such as dry mouth, nausea, drowsiness, weight gain and loss of libido. Although it was initially thought that these medications did not have the potential to result in dependency, this view has been revised after many reports of withdrawal symptoms experienced when trying to stop the medication.
If you decide that prescription drugs are the best option for you, remember that research indicates that they are best used together with therapy, rather than as a stand alone treatment option.
While prescription medication can be effective as part of a broader treatment plan, it is not always necessary for treatment. It is strongly advised that you research these drugs thoroughly and make an informed decision.
Natural Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies
There are a number of herbal and homeopathic remedies which may assist in the struggle against OCD. OCD is strongly associated with imbalances in brain chemistry and there are a number of herbal remedies that have been shown to be effective in restoring chemical balance and neurological health in the brain.
In addition, because anxiety levels contribute significantly to OCD symptoms, herbal and homeopathic remedies that help to reduce anxiety levels may also be of benefit when considering obsessive compulsive disorder treamtments. Some herbal remedies often recommended for OCD are Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort), Passiflora incarnata, Scuttelaria laterifolia (Scullcap) and Valerian.
The benefit of a natural approach is that correctly formulated remedies can give you all the benefits of treatment without the negative side effects of prescription drugs.
Used alone or in conjunction with psychotherapy, herbal and homeopathic remedies can help relieve anxiety and bring the individual to a holistic balance. A natural approach focuses on treating the individual rather than the symptoms! Discuss this option with your doctor or consult a homeopath or naturopath for advice.