…Ask yourself this question if you are considering an ‘alternative’ medicine: Bill Powers


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While patients of OCD in India and other parts of the world keep looking for the “cure” of the disorder, they come across many schools of thoughts and treatments. For some, the allopathic or the western approach helps in reducing the symptoms or providing relief, other treatments also claim to impact the same way with less or no side effects. This raises a question: Are non-conventional medicines and treatments equivalent or even better than the conventional methods of treatment? To find out the answer, on behalf of OCD FREE INDIA, I Gourav Kundu, exchanged a few words with various people from all around the world. Also, in this series, I will bring to you more such unbiased content in the future, interviewing the advocates of Eastern approach as well towards the treatment of OCD so that it becomes easy for the readers in making any decision.

Today we have Mr Bill Powers from the United States to share his opinion on medicines and other treatments that helped him in the recovery from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Mr Powers who is 52 years old, has been to India multiple times and has studied the Hindi language at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Landour Language School, Uttarakhand. He has not only a profound knowledge of OCD but is also a dedicated, compassionate and a very noble person in real life. He is one of the admins of the group, OCD Free India (Facebook group) as well and has been helping the members for a very long time. I thank him for his precious time to share his opinion with us.

Mr Powers says:

“All of us can point to a period in our lives during which our worldview was definitively formed. In my case, it was during my time at university. My lifelong goal had been to study biology, and I achieved that goal, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in aquatic biology thirty years ago. Majoring in a scientific field led me to take a very rational, objective, and analytical view towards the world. I, therefore, demand rational proof before I adopt an idea, and if available, hard scientific proof. This has carried over into the way I have chosen to have my OCD treated.
I was diagnosed with OCD the year after I graduated from university. I was very fortunate to be living in a city with a large, world-class research university that housed a teaching hospital. I found an opportunity to enrol in a research study to determine whether sertraline was an effective treatment for OCD. (This was in the fall of 1989.) My OCD treatment commenced at that time. In the nearly thirty years since then, I have had real success using drug therapy for my OCD. Since my treatment was done by doctors who had trained at the aforementioned university, the research performed there heavily influenced the treatment I received. Consequently, I received some of the latest, best, science-based research available in the US and, indeed, in the world.
This was fortunate because it was determined fairly early on in my treatment that my OCD was of the treatment-resistant type. I had been on extended courses of fluoxetine, clomipramine, paroxetine, buspirone, alprazolam, clonazepam, and fluvoxamine. I had only mild benefit from these medications. However, research being done in the early to mid-nineties showed that for patients who didn’t respond to standard, first-line treatments, the use of atypical antipsychotic medications in conjunction with SSRI, TCA, and other antidepressants yielded a greater reduction of symptoms. It was determined fairly quickly that quetiapine fumarate in particular, along with an SSRI, was helpful in reducing my symptoms.
Since the late ’90s, I have also tried venlafaxine, aripiprazole, risperidone, buproprion, and escitalopram. My doctors and I have determined the following treatment regimen to be the most effective: Three years of sertraline, then a switch to three years of escitalopram, while all the while maintaining a fairly high dose of quetiapine, is the best approach. My doctors have tried other, more unorthodox approaches, but these have not been successful.
I would advise anyone who is newly diagnosed, and who is considering what kind of treatment to undertake, to give strong consideration to Western or allopathic medications. These medications are in widespread use because rigorous, peer-reviewed research using double-blind studies have proven these medications to be effective. Can other medications stand up to peer-reviewed research? Ask yourself this question if you are considering an ‘alternative’ medicine.”

Application/Request form for free medicines

OCD FREE INDIA is lending you a hand so that you can get proper treatment despite struggling against your financial situations. Under the title “Free medicines and affordable therapy” we are not only trying to help the needy ones but also trying to convey a message of positivity. This has become possible due to the donations made so far by the members of OCD mental health support group for Indians on Facebook. We expect more donations in the future so that we can bring forth similar campaigns. The following rules have been made keeping in mind that the medicines are received only by the needy ones.

1.) Do not submit the same application more than once.

2.) Fill in the details properly and share the following documents with us:

a.) Properly scanned Prescription paper signed by a registered psychiatrist.

b.) Certificate of your annual income or any certificate issued by the Indian government which proves that you fall into the Below Poverty Line or suffering from financial crisis.

3.) Name of the medicines should match with those on the prescription paper.

4.) Link to online files sharing services (Like Google Drive) must be in working condition, any invalid link will result in rejection of the application.

5.) A proper verification/inspection will be done before sending the medicines to check the veracity and authenticity of the details provided by the applicant.

6.) In case we get multiple applications, there will be random name picked by the computer and the selection process will be demonstrated live through Facebook live video broadcast feature.