Online Test

Find out the severity of your symptoms with this free online test

Jitterbugkitty , 21 Jul 2009

Anyone tried this supplement?

I found some very interesting info on a B vitamin called inositol. Medical studies have shown that it has a positivie effect of seritonin levels and can be taken in fairly large doses as a possible treatment for OCD behaviors. Has anyone tried it for skin picking? Apparently it's water based, so you can't get too much, but it can upset your stomach. I'm going to ask my doctor about it tomorrow, but just wondering.
3 Answers
November 07, 2011
i really wanted to try inositol, but im already on an ssri for ocd and have been for 15 years. im too scared to go off of it to try the inositol. i had a lot of other ocd symptoms that were taken care of by the meds im on, and it was a godsend to find it. it just doesnt touch the picking behaviour.
November 07, 2011
Another post (posted by kgolden1234567890) suggested using N-Actyl Cysetin. Apparently, it's an amino acid that helps control the urge to pick and pull. I am going to try it. I have a compulsive need to pick at my fingers and I want it to stop so bad. I don't understand this at all. Why I simply can't stop. It's insane. I hope that once I manage this urge it doesn't turn into something else. When I stopped chewing/picking at my nails, I started picking and pulling at my hair. I am hoping this amino acid helps. Read the reviews on amazon. It looks like there are a lot of people who use it for OCD issues. I don't know anything about inositol. Is it over-the-counter?
November 12, 2011
Inositol is generally used for Anxiety, Panic attacks and OCD. It's a non-essential nutrient, meaning the body can make it from other nutrients. However the way it works is that it plays an essential role in the function of the neurotransmitters acetylcholine and serotonin... meaning it makes the receptors more sensitive to serotonin. Among other things those chemical messengers are needed for proper cognitive function, mental clarity and mood stabilisation. You can't take it if you are already taking anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) or tranquilising drugs.... if you do want to take it and you are on meds, you have to check with the docs. Hope this is useful info for you?

Start your journey with SkinPick

Take control of your life and find freedom from skin picking through professional therapy and evidence-based behavioral techniques.

Start Now