Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

July 30, 2018

      Obsessive compulsive disorder is one of the most common psychiatric conditions affecting children and adolescents. OCD commonly has peaks of onset at two different life phases: pre-adolescence, and early adulthood. The first peak of OCD usually occurs around the age of 10 – 12 years and directly corresponds to the increased load in school, increased performance pressures, and the biologic changes of the brain and body due to puberty. The second peak usually occurs in early adulthood, which is generally also a time of stress and developmental transition and when educational and occupational stresses tend to be high. Children and adolescents have similar OCD symptoms as those of adults with the symptoms distinguishable from other healthy childhood development stages by the definition of “symptoms which impair function and distract the child from learning and developmental tasks”.   OCD can be effectively treated with psychological treatments and medications. The most common medication prescribed for this condition are typically selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s). An examp

July 11, 2016

    St John’s Wort (hypericum perforatum): This herb has been used since the renaissance as an antidepressant. It is effective in treating other mental and sleeping disorders. This herb treats depression by preventing nerve cells in the brain from reabsorbing serotonin, or by reducing levels of protein in the immune system. In studies St John’s Wort is hardly ever less effective than any over the counter prescription medications. Some side effects include: dry mouth, dizziness, increased sensitivity to sunlight, gastrointestinal distress, and fatigue. Caution: do not use this herb with other drugs, alcohol, or other therapeutic drugs/herbs. Do not give to children or use when pregnant or breast feeding.