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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
What Can I Do To Help My Disorder?
So what about Alternative Therapies? One OCD charity website stated that; "there is no medical evidence to suggest how effective ... alternative treatments are, so at the present time such alternatives can't be specifically recommended." It goes on to say; "Nonetheless, it should be noted that such methods can help some individuals where all other options have failed."
This is where I have to speak up, because it is just this type of statement that feds me right up. It also affects my english. As a Spiritual Healer and Alternative/Emotional Therapist I just have ONE QUESTION. If such methods can help when all other options have failed, WHY ARE THEY NOT USED INSTEAD?
I only add this here because my farmer friend was cured of his OCD with nothing more than the therapy I use for all types of anxiety disorder, Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT. It didn't take 3 months of intensive 2 or 3 hour a day sessions. By addressing the original trigger, which appeared to be the problems with the herd, we removed the reason for the worry. The behaviour issues were then rapidly dealt with, one at a time, and if I might say so, rather routinely.
I hate using this site as a soap box, but I've read over 500 pages of blurb about OCD in the last few days, hoping that somewhere in those pages there would be mention about something other than CBT and prozac. But I didn't find any.
Something really isn't right! OCD has been in the news and TV a lot recently, and so is gaining in profile. It seems to me; and all the information I come back with on this issue, seems to suggest that the CBT Therapists have effectively cornered the market with this condition.
It is stated in many places, that CBT is the only truely effective therapy for this condition, usually by CBT therapists, actually. I find this disturbing and totally irresponsible and I'm thoroughly dismayed that such a limitation is put on anybody's source of recovery. (my own feeling on the subject).
Those for whom CBT doesn't work are effectively being told, I'm sorry, but there is no help for you, take these anti-depressants (usually Prozac) instead, or, surprisingly enough, at the same time. Those that give up their medication or therapy, usually very quickly revert back to their OCD behaviour, as you might expect. But in my opinion, CBT by itself is flawed, in that beneficial results are delayed by not dealing successfully with the original traumatic event first.
I have OCD patients coming through the door at an increasingly alarming rate. I guess recent news coverage and therefore public education has a lot to do with that. Bringing something out in the open suddenly gives the sufferer, who probably didn't even know they had a problem, or maybe considered it wasn't treatable, or were in denial, or just thought it was the way life is, now see how life limiting some of these behaviours can be, and want answers.
One recent TV program interview with a CBT therapist was advocating months of therapy, and I can see why this would appeal. At £70-£200 an hour (yes, that's not a printing error), 12 sessions would rack up the charges. My own feeling is that these people refuse to look at EFT because there is very little money to be made from it. Even the latest NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines for OCD seem to be produced by the very people who stand to gain the most benefit from them. But, maybe I'm just cynical.
I've had enough successes with EFT now to know that it's not just a question of dealing with the behaviour issues. OCD is an anxiety disorder, and unless you address the anxiety, the emphasis shifts from the behaviour and the obsessions, to something else, perhaps even the physical body, when this anxiety, which now has no outlet, will start to attack the very soul that hosts it.
In all the researching I've done into OCD, the last thing that anybody seems to want to do is treat the anxiety that caused the OCD in the first place. The reason I question this aspect of treatment, can be demonstrated by something much more familiar.
It's my view that smoking is an anxiety disorder as well as a physical addiction. Clients that turn up for addiction therapy have usually been to lots of places and taken lots of preparations previously, in, say, an effort to give up smoking. Some have been to a hypnotherapist to be able to give up smoking, or taken nicotine gum, patches, or some other product and have succeeded in giving up smoking.
So why do they come? Because they are drinking. Did they drink excessively before? No, it started when they gave up smoking. Did they quit the addiction? To smoking, yes. But they switched addictions to something else, like alcohol, caffeine, illegal or pharmaceutical drugs.
The driver, the trigger, the original anxiety, was still there. Causing them to look for, and switch to, another kind of tranquilizer. That's not a cure, just a diversion.
I believe OCD is the product of early anxiety or trauma that began a small series of behaviours which became addictive, and yes, quite possibly some people are more predisposed to it than others, either through strength of character or genes. But regardless of how it is acquired, when this behaviour doesn't solve the problem it begins to force the doer into believing they weren't doing it right, or not enough.
They then become obsessed and compelled to do the same thing ever more thoroughly, over and over again in an attempt to get it right. Of course, they never can do it right, the behaviour can't resolve the anxiety, and the anxiety gains strength from the failure. When this doesn't work either, more and more ritual is brought into the types of behaviour involved, in an attempt to tranquilize the anxiety, until, at it's worst, the behaviour and thoughts consume every moment of every day.
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