I hope it's ok that I posted my question here. If not, please let me know. Thanks.
This question is regarding OCD (obsessive-compulisive disorder) -- however, general type OCD, I'm NOT referrring to compulsions/obsessions around food.
I've heard someone say gluten-free was helpful in improving compulsive thoughts, and I wondered if anyone here following 80/10/10 had even better results.
If you yourself or someone you know has noticed an improvement, will you please share?
(ie, were they 100% raw, 80/10/10?, what improvements, how long, etc.)
Thank you very much.
Thank you so much, Waverly!! I appreciate your sharing this.
It's great to hear your improvements Waverly!
That' great to hear you've had some success.
this serves as a reminder that OCD is a treatable illness, and you can have freedom from it.
Keep on searching and seeking abundance in your life and never give up!
While medication alongside psychotherapy can be quite effective when treating OCD the encouraging thing to remember is that nutrition feeds our brain for overall wellness, and then there's neuroplactisity of the brain as well! :) the brain can be rewired... I happen to live with someone who suffers OCD daily and while they are not vegan what makes it worse is caffeine or anything really that makes them feel edgy and too stimulated like a lot of sugar in one massive burst!
The great hope about this really difficult mental illness is that people with OCD can improve.. take a look at the book 'the brain that changes itself' by Norman Doige and in particular the chapter 6 - Brain lock unlocked.
It talks about the idea from Schwartz therapy.. which approaches OCD in two stages.
1. Identifying the problem outside of yourself 'It is not me wrecking havoc right now, it's my OCD'.. helping get a bit of distance from the intensity and obsession of the thoughts. This process is naturally called 'distancing'.
2. Then the next stage is reminding yourself that the reason the attack doesn't go away right away is because of the faulty circuit or the way the brain has been wired... and the patterns of thinking and associations that have been developed over time.
Often psych's use graded exposure, which can work.. but it doesn't always work with OCD. That's where brain training, seeing a counsellor, eating for nutrition and staying connected with others can help.
So.. the reason for this message is to say that if you look after your brain nutritionally, avoid big caffeine/sugar hits that wind you up, and consider holistic approaches and learn more of the wonders of neuroplacitisy I hope that it will bring to you greater hope for recovery and inspiration for new habits and brain wiring to occur.
Here's something more to get your interest along if you like..
Thanks so much, SoulSparkled, for the great insights. Also, I had not heard of the person you mentioned. Helpful to know!! Much appreciation. :-)
Hey, I have OCD as well and was recently struggling with it more than usual. I took a guess and figured lack of vitamin D in the winter months (I live in the northeast, U.S.) might be the issue. So now I take a D3 supplement with food. I noticed an improvement on day one! It's tough getting enough D3 from vegan foods in the winter if you don't live a sunny environment. Not sure if I can say the name of the supplement here, but I will if it's allowed and you're interested.
Also, exercise and eliminating caffeine help as well. :)