For anyone struggling with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), life can feel like a living nightmare. My heart goes out to those suffering because making it through each day with this condition can feel like a brutal and lonely battle. It is often challenging for someone who does not struggle with OCD to make sense of this condition. Some people may even judge it as ridiculous or insane, but just because a person suffers from OCD does not mean he or she is mentally ill. The reason people often think about this condition in a negative way is because they do not know the true underlying causes or understand the condition. Learning and spreading the truth about OCD that I share here can help combat any negative stigma surrounding the condition, and help those suffering to finally get the the answers they need to heal.
All Shapes & Sizes
There is not just one type of OCD. Medical communities are unaware that there are hundreds of varieties that manifest in different ways. Many people don’t even realize they are suffering from a mild, hidden form of OCD and may even be incorrectly led by a medical doctor or psychologist to believe that their unique issue stems from something other than OCD. Something as simple as having a comfort zone with specific parameters could be a mild form of OCD. Someone growing incredibly upset or angry by a minor shift in his or her daily routine could be another example of mild OCD. If even a slight shift in a daily rhythm, routine, or habit causes you severe irritation, anger, or distress, you may unknowingly be suffering from a variety of OCD.
In the United States, between three and four million people have been diagnosed with OCD. This is far from the actual number of people suffering, which is at least 150 million in the US alone. Medical science and medical research are rarely (if ever) correct when it comes to revealing statistics that accurately highlight the number of people suffering with chronic mystery symptoms and conditions. This is because these mystery illnesses are not properly understood in the first place so statistics can not reflect them accurately. So when it comes to OCD, it is critical that all the sufferers around the world, including the over 150 million people in the United States, learn the causes behind their condition and symptoms and the steps they can take to support healing.
The Causes of OCD
There are two distinct groups of OCD, a truth that you won’t learn anywhere else. Countless variations stem from each of these groups. One of these groups spawns from emotional wounds or soul trauma, such as physical or emotional abuse. The second group is due to the presence of toxic heavy metals in the brain. It is also possible to have OCD behaviors that stem from both emotional wounds or soul trauma and toxic heavy metal exposure. The blend of both can result in some extremely challenging OCD behaviors, and make it even more difficult for those suffering.
Group One: Emotional Wounds & Soul Trauma
A severe emotional blow can trigger off OCD behaviors in some individuals. How someone copes with emotional stress and his or her unique sensitivities play a part in whether or not he or she develops OCD. For some people, even mild emotional injuries can create the emotional wounds and soul trauma that lead to OCD behaviors.
Situations that can create emotional wounds and soul trauma include the death of a family member or loved one, betrayal by someone or something you deeply love or value, the shattering of long-standing hopes, a devastating physical injury or illness, bullying in school, or parents divorcing. High stress situations or confrontations of almost any kind can also play a part. These examples are not meant to point blame at a particular person or people in your life. Rather, they are given to help highlight events in your life that might have played a role in creating emotional wounds and soul trauma that you can now work to heal. Some researchers and experts may already be discussing the idea that, in certain cases, emotional traumas can create OCD. But what these professionals do not yet understand is that when an individual feels intense emotional pain or repeated stress, this emotional strain can lead to certain areas of the brain overworking. In these overworked areas, intensely heated electrical charges can cause the root problems that create OCD behavior.
To highlight how OCD can begin to emerge in an individual, imagine the example of being bullied in school. The first time you are bullied, electrical charges in a certain part of the emotional area of the brain will heat up. This heat subsides once the bullying episode ceases, although you may suffer from mild post-traumatic stress disorder. A few days later you are bullied once again. Immediately, electrical charges heat up that same area of the brain. Fortunately, this area again cools down once the bullying ceases. Perhaps bullying occurs a third, fourth or fifth time, and the same part of the brain experiences intense heat during each episode. Continuous, intense heat to this area without ample time for the body to heal can lead to calloused brain tissue for adults and children alike. Medical science and medical research have not yet discovered this widespread phenomenon. Have you heard the term hotheaded? Well, it may actually be an accurate description in certain instances. Bullying is not the only situation that creates this intense heat. The physical burnout that occurs can arise from a number of emotionally heavy events and result in a small area of calloused brain tissue.
The area of the emotional center of the brain in which this physical burnout occurs depends on the emotional event or stressor you endure. The body handles each event and stressor differently and the area of the brain that experiences this heat depends on the unique situation. The reason this type of burnout occurs in particular areas of the brain is to protect the body from suffering greater health issues.
In the areas where a thin layer of callused tissue has formed, neurons become hypersensitive and create a foundation for OCD behaviors to arise. This tiny callused spot can hinder the billions of electrical nerve impulses that dart around your brain from effortlessly traveling through this area on the way to their destination. These electrical impulses, which are able to think for themselves and carry along critical information, believe there is nothing wrong with your brain tissue. They also carry a part of your soul and will. All of this is completely unknown and medical research and medical science are still decades away from discovering this. For this reason, when an electrical impulse is unable to travel through this callused area on the first attempt, it will determinedly try again. Although technically there is nothing wrong with the brain tissue, the thin callused layer has created a blockade that the electrical impulse cannot comfortably cross. As the electrical impulse makes multiple attempts to move through this altered region, a variety of OCD may emerge.
Racing thoughts can be one variety of OCD you may experience if your brain has experienced this type of burnout. You may also feel compelled to perform acts on yourself such as washing your hands numerous times, repeatedly washing your feet, or showering with extreme frequency. If you aren’t able to perform a behavior you may find that you feel extremely agitated or distraught. Hoarding, which is actually an unknown variety of OCD, also falls into this category of OCD. Some other varieties within this group that people frequently battle include extreme self doubt, self loathing, insecurities, and a lack of confidence. Medical research, medical science, and mental health professionals are completely unaware that many of these issues fall within this widespread condition.
Group Two: Toxic Heavy Metals in the Brain
At present-day, everyone is exposed to some degree of toxic heavy metals. As I brought to light in my first book Medical Medium, we also inherit toxic heavy metals from the generations of family members before us. This isn't a genetic issue. It's simply the passing on of these heavy metals at conception and in the womb. Unfortunately, if a certain amount of mercury, aluminum and/or copper settles close enough to the endocrine glands in the brain, or the emotional highway or emotional center of the brain, a variety of OCD may arise. Mercury is often a key component when it comes to creating a variety of OCD that falls within group two. The severity of the OCD variety often depends on the amount of toxic heavy metals in the brain. If someone suffers from mild OCD, he or she may only have a minimal amount of aluminum and mercury in his or her system, rather than sizable amounts of aluminum, mercury, and copper.
As I shared above, the electrical impulses that run across neurons in your brain possess a tremendous amount of information as well as energy of both your soul and will. Your desire to wake up in the morning, go to work, protect your family, breathe, survive, or save a life is all connected to your will, and a piece of this can be found in your electrical impulses. As mentioned previously, medical research and medical science have no idea that these currents contain that kind of intelligence and data, and will not stumble upon this fact for many decades.
The OCD varieties found in this group emerge when the electrical impulses running across neurons in the emotional center of the brain come into contact with toxic heavy metal deposits. Mercury and other toxic heavy metals short out electrical impulses. One reason for this is that the electricity running on mineral salts is different than the electricity that drives through metal. After running up against the metal for a period of time, the intelligent electrical impulse will eventually decide to take a different path to get to its destination. But prior to this, the electrical impulse will repeatedly ram against the metal deposit in an attempt to follow its usual pathway. This repeated meeting of the toxic heavy metal and electrical impulse can trigger OCD behaviors.
The electrical impulse is desperate to get the information it contains to the necessary destination, so that no serious health consequences such as a stroke or TIA arise. Unfortunately, once the electrical impulse decides to find another path around the heavy metal deposit, it may run into other roadblocks and hindrances that may create new quirks in an individual. For example, an electrical impulse may go around the mercury deposit it was initially running into and wind up running into a closely located deposit of aluminum. If a person has experienced emotional wounds or soul trauma, an electrical impulse looking for a new route around a heavy metal deposit may also run into a bit of callused tissue and trigger varieties of OCD found in the first group discussed.
In a brain with many heavy metal deposits or a lot of callused tissue, an electrical impulse may struggle to carve out a smooth path for itself. Regardless, the persistent electrical impulse will work as hard as possible to deliver its information. If the electrical impulse is not able to navigate around the metal deposit, it is possible that you will lose your ability to function in other ways. A psychiatrist may suggest you take a prescription drug for your quirks or behaviors, but taking a drug might not always be the best choice.
If you are having trouble imagining an electrical impulse running into heavy metal deposits in your brain tissue, try picturing a car driving down the street carrying precious cargo. In the electrical impulse, this precious cargo is pieces of the will, soul, and critical information for your survival. As the car zips along it encounters a blockade of heavy metal barrels filled with cement that have been placed in the middle of the road. Imagine the car slamming into the barrels in an attempt to break through the barrier and carry on. After a few attempts, the driver backs up and realizes he need to find another way. The car, in an attempt to navigate around the barrels, drives onto the sidewalk. It runs over pedestrians, signs, and benches as it tries to traverse this new territory, but it is desperate to deliver this vital information and will do whatever it takes to accomplish its mission. Similarly, the electrical impulse will eventually try to carve out a new pathway for itself no matter how difficult it may be.
If you compulsively lock doors twenty, thirty, forty or more times, you may be struggling with a type of OCD that falls within this group. I’ve worked with clients who have locked their doors before going to sleep at night, but have felt compelled to wake up multiple times throughout the night and check the lock on their doors each time. One person I knew constantly felt compelled to leave work to check his stove even though there was a part of him that knew his stove was already off. This person even tried a technique to prove to himself that the stove was off. He would take a picture of the switched off stove before leaving for work in the morning. Unfortunately, once he arrived at work, he would begin to question the validity of the photograph. Sadly, the person was fired from his job due to his OCD behaviors getting in the way of his work. These are just a few of the moderate cases of OCD I’ve encountered. There are even more severe varieties I’ve witnessed throughout the years. Whether you suffer from a mild form of OCD or a severe variety, know that I have the greatest compassion for your suffering and want to see you heal.
Tips for OCD Sufferers
Changing up your routine can be a challenging, but very beneficial strategy if you are working to heal from OCD. It may be especially hard if someone struggles with agoraphobia and may even feel impossible for some, but the slightest changes can be invaluable. Try staying at a family member’s house or friend’s home for a night. A week stay at a hotel could be another option for some. Changing up your location, scenery, or routine can actually help to start breaking your OCD. When you return home or go back to your regular routine, you may notice that your OCD is slightly less present. Even after an electrical impulse has found a new route around the heavy metal deposit or callused brain tissue, the habit of the OCD behaviors alone can be challenging to break. For that reason, these OCD behaviors can continue for years after the electrical impulse has found a new pathway, and it is important to start changing up your environment and surroundings even as you work to heal the neurological issues with the foods and supplements I share below.
The foods you eat can make an incredible impact on your body’s ability to heal from OCD. Bringing in the five heavy metal detox foods I discuss in Medical Medium and on my blog can be critical for anyone suffering from an OCD variety that stems from the second OCD group. In fact, because all of us are exposed to heavy metals, it can be helpful for everyone to include these foods daily. These five foods are spirulina, Barley Grass Juice Extract powder, Atlantic dulse, wild blueberries, and cilantro.
Wild blueberries can actually help repair callused brain tissue. Definitely try to bring in cantaloupe and mango when these two powerful fruits are available. The undiscovered phytochemicals found in blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries help repair brain tissue. Papaya, a very soothing food, is an important fruit for helping to reduce OCD because its sugars help feed the electrical impulses that need support. Leafy greens such as spinach, mâche, arugula, and butter leaf lettuce can be powerful foods to incorporate in your diet. Sweet potatoes and squashes can be supportive foods as well. Try out different kinds of squash such as butternut, buttercup, delicata, kabocha, sweet dumpling and red kuri for some tasty variation.
Everybody's OCD condition is unique, and therefore each person’s supplementation protocol will have to be tailored for their specific needs. One person might feel great using a certain supplement while another person might not find as much benefit. It may be beneficial to work with a supportive practitioner to create the best supplement routine for you.
Sam-E can be an incredibly helpful supplement for those suffering from OCD, depression, or anxiety. Talk to your practitioner about taking an ample amount of L-glutamine as well. 5HTP can be helpful for OCD sufferers, however if you are highly sensitive it’s possible it may bother your stomach. Work with a practitioner to figure out if this supplement is right for you. Gingko leaf contains incredible alkaloids that help repair callused brain tissue. Ashwagandha helps support the adrenals and the brain.
OCD can trigger off adrenaline and an addiction to adrenaline can arise alongside OCD behaviors. Supporting your adrenals while you work to heal from OCD is essential. To learn more about adrenaline addiction check out part one and part two of my ‘Addictions’ radio show. Using lemon balm tea or a non-alcoholic tincture to help calm and soothe the nerves can be a life-changing supplement for someone with OCD. California poppy can be an amazing supplement when combating varieties of OCD, especially those that fall within the emotional wounds and soul trauma group. Even if you enjoy fish or meat in your diet, avoid omega-3 fish oil supplements, which can cause great harm to your brain. I discuss this in my first book Medical Medium and share why fish oil is so problematic. Instead, bring in a plant-based omega-3, which can actually offer ample benefits. Some other helpful supplements to consider bringing into your proctol include B-12 with methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin, GABA, 5MTHF, and a calcium magnesium blend. Check out my list of preferred supplements on my website.
Regardless of the diet you choose to follow, bringing in some of these supplements and foods can offer tremendous support for any OCD sufferer. Do not let a staunch belief system hold you back from experiencing the healing you deserve.
My hope is that this information can bring comfort and inspiration to those suffering from OCD and others who have to watch their loved ones struggle with this difficult condition. Just by reading through this article you have taken one step forward in your healing journey. Now you know how to support the electrical impulses running through your intricately beautiful brain. Awareness is a huge piece of healing and now that you have this accurate information with effective tips and tools and supportive foods and supplements, you can begin moving towards healing and free yourself from the hardships triggered by emotional wounds, soul trauma, and toxic heavy metals.
Imagine your life without racing thoughts, crippling self doubt, a host of insecurities, or compulsive behaviors that take away from your extraordinary life. A life free of these things is completely possible! May you take the information from here and other Medical Medium resources and use them to create a life filled with peace, joy, and wellness.
This item posted: 30-May-2017
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