Childhood and Adolescent OCD

peds-OCDObsessive Compulsive Disorder, commonly referred to as OCD can begin in childhood. OCD is a specific type of anxiety disorder wherein the anxiety itself is related to obsessive thoughts that one attempts to control with compulsive or ritualistic behaviors. These rituals can consume hours in a day, and the anxiety and repetitive thoughts can become crippling. As the parent of a child suffering from OCD, you want nothing more than to provide them some relief, so your kid can just be a kid again. Conventionally, these children will often be given anti-depressants at doses higher than are used to treat depression, increasing the risk of side effects.


How do you treat childhood OCD naturally?

With OCD it can be crucial to limit excessive routines and intricate therapies so as to avoid replacing one compulsion with another. For this reason, at Fountainhead Clinic we have found that no treatment for OCD works as well as homeopathy. With homeopathic care we are able to focus on the individual nature of your child’s condition and alleviate the underlying anxiety as well as the more apparent outward behaviors without extensive daily regimens.

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of medicine that stimulates the body to heal itself, leading to sustainable improvement in overall health. This improvement is achieved with little to no side effects, and when prescribed properly, occurs quickly, giving rapid relief of symptoms. At Fountainhead clinic we feel very strongly that homeopathy is the most effective treatment and the most vital step to our success in helping someone achieve perfect health.

Do you use any other treatments?

Occasionally there are “obstacles to cure” that must be dealt with for homeopathic treatment to be its most effective. These may include nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, or stressful social relationships. Our doctors routinely assess for the many factors contributing to disruption of mental and physical health, and remove obstacles when possible, in order to continue the healing process. Supportive therapies are therefore identified and prescribed on a strictly individual basis.

How do you manage my child’s current medications?

We are happy to work with your psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician regarding current medications. For more information about medication management click here.


Patient Story

Toby had always been a difficult child. He had bouts with attention problems and occasional rage, and his family was desperate to find some help. Toby was first taken to a developmental pediatrician and then a child psychiatrist. Ultimately, it was uncovered that Toby showed strong traits of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and was put on an SSRI in an attempt to control it. The SSRI did help control his anxiety and compulsive behaviors, which had been contributing to the rage and attention difficulties. Although his parents were pleased to see him feeling better, they grew increasingly concerned about the long-term effects of the drug, especially as Toby would grow older. This is when they decided to bring him to see Dr. Brooke, in hopes that they could find a natural alternative to manage his OCD.

Dr. Brooke spent a few hours talking with Toby and both of his parents to understand exactly how he experiences all of his symptoms, both at the present time and before he began medication. Toby had several rituals that he conducted daily, counting being the most pervasive. He would get obsessive about his creative projects too, working feverishly until they were completed, and would visibly show relief, including an audible sigh, once they were done. The rages tended to only happen when the rituals or compulsive behaviors were interrupted and he was unable to complete them. When in a rage he would destroy anything he could get his hands on. The rages could become so violent that he would scare his family. This was an interesting symptom because this type of response is not common for a child with OCD. On continued investigation, it was disclosed that Toby was a very fidgety child, specifically with his feet, and was only able to calm down if music with a heavy, steady beat came on. These symptoms indicated that the best remedy for him at the time was Tarentula. After several months of improvement on Tarentula 30C, Toby’s symptoms changed, and a new remedy was indicated for him. He is continuing treatment at this time, and his anxiety and compulsions are improving at every visit. His rages have not returned.

 

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