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Re: Larry, Re: about the chemical imbalance concept

Posted by McPac on April 26, 2003, at 13:16:23

In reply to Re: Larry, Re: about the chemical imbalance concept, posted by Simon Sobo, M.D. on April 26, 2003, at 6:51:22

"Here is the other clinical tidbit. The patient who found cocaine helpful for his OCD lost his symptoms completely when he became a Jehovah's Witness. This cure disappeared after about 6 months when he became disillusioned with the cult but it is nevertheless fascinating. OCD has something to do with uncertainty. If you can take that away, give a feeling of completeness or innocence or something like that there will be improvement. I guess morphine, SSRI's, and many intoxicants can do that for certain people,

....but the primary problem is probably psychological not chemical".

>>>>>>> I think it may be that the primary problem for some may be psychological but that for others it is chemical. I don't think OCD, like depression, has a singular etiological cause. Psychological resolutions may very well be the answer to help/(even end) one person's OCD without affecting another sufferer's OCD at all. Still, in other cases, even a head injury can cause/exacerbate ocd, with no psychological help required.




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