OCD and Fibromyalgia

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life, and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions.

Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions and/or decrease his or her distress.

Patients with autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia have an increased prevalence of OCD. In one study, researchers concluded that the prevalence of OCD was significantly higher in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

OCD and Anxiety

Most people have obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors at some point in their lives, but that does not mean that we all have “some OCD.”

It’s sometimes difficult to diagnose OCD because symptoms can be similar to anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia or other mental health disorders.

OCD can also be confused with Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, which is defined as the preoccupation with perfectionism, orderliness, and control, though Obsessions and compulsions are not present in OCDP.  Work with your doctor so that you can get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

For a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to be made, the cycle of obsessions and compulsions becomes so extreme that it consumes a lot of time and gets in the way of activities that the person values.

People with OCD know that they are doing unnecessary rituals but since OCD is caused by anxiety, it makes them fear terrible things that may happen if they don’t do them, becoming a vicious cycle.

Many sufferers act on these compulsions because they bring them relief while others are unable to control OCD. Consequently, they accept the condition as part of their life.

Medication Choices For OCD

Antidepressants such as fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), sertraline (Zoloft), venlafaxine (Effexor), and clomipramine (Anafranilare), are commonly prescribed to treat OCD.

All psychiatric medications have potential side effects. Depending on the individual and the type of medication, suicidal thoughts can also be a concern.

Talk to your doctor about possible side effects and any health monitoring needed while taking psychiatric drugs. Always let your doctor know if you experience any negative reactions to the medications.

Treatment for OCD

Currently, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors such as antidepressants are used to treat OCD, but they do not provide a long-term solution.   Besides the danger of addiction, they can harm the health of individuals that use them for a long period.

Typically, OCD requires a long-term therapeutic aid for the sufferer to resume their normal life. That’s why it is reasonable to try natural solutions like CBD Oil for OCD.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD hemp oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp. (psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol).

Benefits of CBD

Because hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, these hemp oil products are non-psychoactive. THC is only present in trace amounts, while CBD dominates the plant’s makeup and interacts with our naturally occurring systems. It doesn’t cause a high! This makes it a safer, less controversial alternative, while still offering significant health benefits.

The good thing is that you don’t have to wait for years to see if CBD is right for you! While still regulated, CBD is legal in many countries and can be purchased in supplemental forms.

CBD For OCD Relief

The results of a study outlined the possible anti-compulsive effect of cannabidiol (CBD). More research will be necessary before CBD is used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder in a clinical setting, but findings such as these suggest that cannabis may well be a valuable tool in OCD treatment!

I am very excited!  We have opportunities now for healthier solutions, with research to assist us in our choices, as we all find our way on our own personal paths to wellness.

Currently, there are many CBD products that you can try. Just click here to read more!

 

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