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My cure for OCD

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May. 14th, 2011 | 11:45 pm
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posted by: elusive_dreamer in o_c_d

I know that everyone has different degrees of OCD, and that people can change how they combat OCD, the more they learn about it and fight with the disorder. I for one found a combination that works really really well. Besides trying to move on from thought to thought without giving myself any time to linger, and over all developing a very strict, conscious way of thinking, what has helped me a lot is inositol powder and taking multiple vitamins. I was wondering if anyone uses or even knows about inositol in this community? I don't keep up with livejournal that much at all anymore, but after watching the series Obsessed, which is about OCD, I feel the need to share my story.

I started using inositol after reading about it on wikipedia, then reading other studies done with inositol on OCD patients.

"The naturally occurring sugar inositol has been suggested as a treatment for OCD,[59] as it appears to modulate the actions of serotonin and reverse desensitisation of neurotransmitter receptors.

Nutrition deficiencies may also contribute to OCD and other mental disorders. Vitamin and mineral supplements may aid in such disorders and provide nutrients necessary for proper mental functioning.[60]"
-Wikipedia

I find that inositol helps me tremendously, though taking twice the serving size was needed to achieve genuine relief from my OCD symptoms. I take 12 grams a day mixed in a drink in powder form, though I have read studies that have given people as much as 16 grams, and have read that it takes even more than that to show any negative effects in a person. Though of course I recommend that every person start out small, listen to your body, and discover what works best for you. I'd say check out the science behind inositol, and the studies done on it; it's pretty interesting.

One important thing to note is that you probably won't feel the effects of inositol until a month after you take it. So stick with it.

Besides inositol I also take a daily multi-vitamin that also has mineral supplementation in it, as well as the naturally occurring antidepressant 5-HTP, and a calcium-magnesium supplement. All together, this combo seems to work pretty darn well for depression, anxiety and OCD. I still get anxiety and often suck during public speeches, but I'm over all not nearly as in pain or as stressed out as I used to be. I buy a lot of my multivitamins, calcium-magnesium supplements, and most importantly my inositol supplements (power form) from swansonvitamins.com (Swanson brand usually works great), and I buy my 5-HTP from amazon.com, Nature's Way brand.

I know a lot of depression, anxiety, and OCD related symptoms are connected to malnutrition and malabsorption of vitamins in the body. For instance, my mom has been misdiagnosed as having colitis, when I believe that she personally has symptoms closer to IBS. I have symptoms similar to IBS myself. Both of these disorders are problems with the colon, which can ultimately prevent vitamins and minerals from being absorbed properly. I'm not a doctor or expert on the matter, but I can see patterns in things, look at my own family history, and observe how both my body reacts with IBS, and how my mind reacts to OCD and my supplementation. Basically you get tired of being in pain and having unnecessary mental distress in your life, and will do research until you find an answer for yourself. BTW, for me personally, I haven't gone to a doctor because I don't feel like medication will do anything but mask the problem. I'm more interested in combating the problem from where I believe, at least, the problem originates from. I also believe that supplementation for one problem, often helps the other disorders, since mental disorders like OCD, depression and anxiety are so closely related to one another.

I hope this helps someone out there. Take care!

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from: elusive_dreamer
date: May. 15th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
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The bottom of this article, especially, talks about the benefits of inositol and 5-HTP.

http://westsuffolkpsych.homestead.com/Inositol_and_OCD.html

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