The biological approach to treating OCD

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Drug therapy

  • Drug therapy for mental disorders aims to increase/decrease levels of neurotransmitters in the brain or their activity
  • For example, low levels of serotonin are associated with OCD and therefore drugs work in various ways to increase the level of serotonin in the brain


  • The standard medical treatment used to tackle OCD symptoms involves a particular type of antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)
  • SSRIs work on the serotonin system in the brain by preventing the reabsorption and


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