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PANDAS Suicidal Thoughts & OCD Ruining Teen's Life

Author: Kathy D.
Skill: Aromatherapist
Date: 08-13-2014
Views: 16,822
Word Count: 484
Questions Received: 18
Testimonial ID: 10039-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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Therapeutic-grade essential oils have basically changed our lives. Approximately 2.5 years ago my son was diagnosed with mononucleosis (which was initially diagnosed as strep), and life has never been the same since that time.

He became severely depressed and obsessive and began having small tics, such as blinking his eyes at the same time very noticeably and often. He became withdrawn and stared into space like he was not even in the room with us.

The obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was ruining his life. His obsessive thoughts were so absurd, and he could not tell the difference between reality and what he was thinking in his mind. After going to our pediatrician and ultimately a psychologist -- with no help -- I had to rely upon myself for answers.

After researching night and day, it was my opinion that he was suffering from PANDAS. Unfortunately, not many doctors know anything about it, and we were left on our own again. We went to a psychologist, two psychiatrists, and a counselor. And after a year and a half, we had no choice but to put our son on antidepressants, as suicidal thoughts were rampant.

Neither my husband nor I have ever been on antidepressants. However, it was to the point that we could not leave our son alone, as we were afraid for his life. The Lexapro did help and got him through the suicidal thoughts, but it also made him numb. We were distraught about putting a 16-year-old on an antidepressant, but it was the only thing left to do... SO WE THOUGHT!

We were still looking for another answer when I happened to see a Facebook post from a friend, the same friend whose account this is under, about PANDAS. So I privately and reluctantly emailed her. THANK GOD I DID! That email was the best thing that I have ever done, and she ultimately became my sponsor in the company we purchase our oils from.

She sent me articles and websites, as we wanted to review the company and the essential oils before using them. After sitting down with my husband and son, we decided to go forward with using essential oils. We initially put our son on Frankincense, Copaiba (for the inflammation), and the Tranquil oil blend (for when he had the OCD attacks).

Within a month our son was feeling better and asked if he could wean himself off the Lexapro. Within two months he was off the Lexapro entirely. Our son now only uses the Frankincense sporadically, but he does not go anywhere without his Tranquil or the Stress Away oil blend. It is like a MIRACLE! God has answered our prayers!

Since my son experienced these results, I have started using essential oils myself slowly but surely. I am completely convinced that these essential oils have saved my son and our family and will be FOREVER GRATEFUL to my sponsor and therapeutic-grade essential oils!

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: behavior — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
2.Associated topics: depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
3.Associated topics: depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
4.Associated topics: behavior,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link
5.Associated topics: behavior,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
6.Associated topics: behavior,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
7.Associated topics: behavior,depression-/-sadness-/-hopelessness-/-sorrow — "The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link
8.Associated topics: behavior — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link

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