Q. Will dietary supplements help with OCD?
A new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry may be helpful for those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The study, which was headed by Dr. John Grant from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis, found that 56% of patients improved significantly when taking N-acetylcysteine, compared with 16% taking placebo. (Patients in the study took up to 2400 milligrams per day for twelve weeks). Study participants suffered from trichotillomania (the recurrent pulling of one’s hair which results in notable hair loss). N-acetylcysteine supplements may also alleviate some effects of the flu, in addition to other advantages such as protecting the brains of those prone to dementia. Of course, it is best to not treat OCD with supplements alone. If N-acetylcysteine is used with a combined approach such as the methods utilized in the NEWSTART Lifestyle, a far greater than 60% response rate would occur.