A Case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Four years ago I received a call from a man in his late 30s’. He did not live in North America and was more comfortable speaking on the phone than having a consult on Skype.
He was on 4 doses 80mg of Prozac a day.
His chief complaints were Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Genital Herpes and Excessive Sweating since childhood.
Since he was a child he was incredibly shy and always had ritualistic behaviours. He had all his mental rituals written on paper. When he was young he was petrified of girls and as he got older this manifested to him only being able to sleep with prostitutes.
Growing up he was constantly reproached by his father and mother who were both critical and domineering. He also experienced physical abuse.
He had a serious fear of catching a disease. He was so scared of catching something from the women he was sleeping with, but would have unprotected sex.
He had a fear of not being clean enough and would wash numerous times a day.
He was very diligent about the quantity and which foods he would eat.
He would consistently blame himself if things didn’t go well at work and historically if he would get upset with someone, he would throw things against the wall.
During the case all was considered. His body temperature as he was generally better in cool weather and was aggravated from heat and humidity.
His thirst, appetite and all presenting expressions in acute detail from head were considered in his overall picture.
He often had cold sores on the corners of the lips and had chest palpitations.
He started to cry because of the herpes outbreak. We discussed the presentation in fine detail. Whether they were erupting, itchy, time modalities when they bothered him the most etc.
He would binge eat on salty and sweet foods only on the weekends.
In homeopathic medicine the issues with the back are very important to have acute detail about because often the back symptoms can help differentiate the most important remedy.
He sweat profusely in his sleep. When he was younger he had an operation to stop the perspiration on the hands, but interestingly enough the perspiration did briefly come back up after taking the remedy, because if something has been suppressed in the body, it will come back up briefly to be pushed out and cured.
After the first consultation I had about 15 pages of notes because I looked at the presentation in the most fine detail on all mental/emotional and physical levels.
He was prescribed Sulphur 30CH once a week for 3 weeks. . Two pellets dissolved once under the tongue and we re-convened 3 weeks later.
After the first dose his herpes subsided and after the second week they went away.
He had an increase of perspiration, was able to fall asleep more quickly and had more energy.
Over the course of a year and a half, we increased the potency of his remedy and he was able to get off the 4 doses of prozac.
It is important to greatly support the individual while they reduce their medication because it is like any drug, where there there is an increase of symptoms during a detox.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is so fragile because in most cases the mind creates dis-ease (of course it could be an environmental condition, and with lots of conditions there are many variables to consider), but a lot of time an emotional/mental situation which manifests into the physical presentation.
Of course diet and minerals/vitamins play an important role in the physiological composition, but not the entire.
What homeopathy allowed this patient was not just a reduction in the physical illness, but it allowed him to open up the pathways so that his obsessive thoughts would subside. He stopped binging on foods and incorporated really healthy foods into his diet. He stopped smoking marijuana daily and he was able to have a relationship with a woman.
He chose a courageous route where he wanted to redesign his personal road map and over the course of this time it allowed him to write a completely new map for himself.
Along with homeopathy we worked on how to find for forgiveness for himself and those around him, not just in a conceptual way by keeping it in the mind, but how to go much more deeply into the self. The most gorgeous outcome of this case was his persistent commitment to go beyond what his mind was limiting him to, to living more freely in the world and in himself.
In best of health,
Rachel Levine MSc, DSHomMed
Rachel Levine has a Master of Science in Integrative Health and is an honours graduate from the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. She also works with earth based energetic practices taught by Dr. Alberto Villoldo. Her work has been published in Integrative and Homeopathic Medicine journals and she has spoken Nationally and Internationally. Rachel is based in Montreal, but her practice spans nationally and internationally; she has patients throughout North America, Europe and South Asia.
Currently she is a supervisor at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine and will be teaching at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine.
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