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Re: Pstims for OCD?? Really? Not!

Posted by Simon Sobo, M.D. on July 20, 2003, at 18:50:16

In reply to Re: Pstims for OCD?? Really? Not!, posted by Larry Hoover on April 25, 2003, at 12:12:38

I have a program that tells me who is reading my article so I have again found discussion of my article on your board. Although I cited the article that found dextroamphetamines helpful for OCD, the real purpose of that citation and the other citation, (which mentions morphine is also helpful) is to make the point that the equation between serotonin and OCD is nonsense. Enhancing sertonin seems to create a psychological state which I describe as "well whatever" This is extremely helpful with OCD and a heck of a lot of other psychiatric difficulties, and I will use it without hesitation, but it does not mean that people with OCD necessarily have a serotonin deficency. OCD is the result of very specific psychological conflicts not a chemical imbalance. That isn't to say that SSRIs morphine, alcohol, (one of my patients told me cocaine) and possibly dextroamphetamine can't help with the symptoms. Anything that gives a feeling of "all is well" may work. I am not suggesting that people try illegal remedies just that this whole way of approaching treatment with chemicals and drugs has a significant downside. The chemical imblance model has turned out to be very flawed
Simon Sobo, MD




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