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Dealing with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Naturally

Updated on March 6, 2012

Dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder is a challenge that many people have to face. They struggle very hard to balance the thoughts and images they perceive. This condition is commonly treated with therapy and medication, but many people may choose natural alternatives to help them manage their obsessive-compulsive disorder episodes.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a psychological condition that is characterized by distressing experiences of exaggerated images and thoughts that constantly occur in the mind. As a defense, the person with obsessive-compulsive disorder will develop a set of rules to combat these perpetual thoughts. There are natural treatments that may lessen how often incidences of obsessive-compulsive disorders occur.


Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 has been cited in the support of obsessive-compulsive disorder for its important role in the activity of nerve health. Incorporating vitamin B12 in the diet or as a supplement may help to calm the expression of obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms. Eggs, poultry, meats and fish are good sources of vitamin B12.

Vitamin B8

Vitamin B8 balances and increases the body's response to serotonin. Vitamin B8 is an integral component of animal cell membranes, including the heart and brain. Vitamin B8 supports nerve health and helps to improve psychological disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder.

Vitamin B8 occurs naturally in many healthy foods. Raisins, nuts, wheat germ, bananas, cabbage and brewer's yeast are some excellent sources of vitamin B8. Vitamin B8 is also available as a supplement as either Vitamin B8 or Inositol.

St. John's Wort

St. John's Wort also affects the body's level of serotonin, and it is well known as a natural anti-depressant herb. It is available as a tea or as a supplement. It's effects on obsessive-compulsive disorder is promising as a natural alternative or support for allopathic medications.

These are just a few natural supports for obsessive compulsive disorder. There are different therapies and treatments that aim to support the brain and nervous system to minimize the effects of this disorder.

For more information, read: Natural Healing of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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