Is That All There Is?
Are cognitive behavior therapy, exposure and response prevention and SSRI medication all there is in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders? I think not. In my 30 years of being a therapist and support group leader I have treated my children and adults with various sub types of OCD. Most were treated with the aforementioned strategies until recently. I am certified in CBT AND energy psychology. Energy psychology (EP) is the family of energy therapies born from ancient Chinese medicine and acupuncture. EP is considered to be complementary and alternative treatments because they is no research regarding EP and OCD. However, energy psychology IS evidenced based. There are over 100 controlled double blind studies published in peer reviewed journals. Here is a link to most: http://www.energypsych.org/?Research_Landing
There are many forms of EP. The most well-known form is Emotional Freedom Techniques ask, EFT, aka, tapping. Emotional Freedom Techniques calms the amygdala by tapping on acupressure points. Although there are no controlled double blind studies specific to OCD and EFT, clinical observations have been promising. This writer is concerned that repeated ERP increases stress and cortisol levels leaving the client reluctant to continue therapy. ERP definitely works but at what cost? Torture should not be the first line of treatment. Why not tap away the irrational fear and THEN do ERP? With no threat ERP goes much easier. Calm the amygdala and health is restored.
Along with Emotional Freedom Techniques, research has shown that omega 3 fatty acids are very helpful as a nutritional supplement to reduce inflammation which leads to anxiety. Here is research exploring the effects of omega 3 fatty acids, fish oil, in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. http://www.omega-research.com/researchview.php?ID=2206&catid=7
In closing, family therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, medication and exposure and response prevention work in the treatment of OCD. However, there are other treatments that are also evidenced based, effective and with no known side effects. They either work or they don’t work. In other words, individual results will vary. Full disclosure: Do not take fish oil if you are allergic to fish or take blood thinners. If you are allergic to fish, try cold pressed flax seed oil instead. Check with your health care provider before taking any supplements no matter how “safe” or “natural” they claim to be. Happy Tapping! #EFT #OCD #omega3fattyacids #fishoil #flaxseedoil
In health, Joan