Treating OCD

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  • Created on: 22-05-16 23:39

Drug therapy:

SSRIs: There is a particular type of antidepressant drug called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. They work on the serotonin system in the brain and serotonin is released by certain neurons in the brain. It is released by the presynaptic neurons and travels across a synapse. The neurotransmitter chemically conveys the signal from the presynaptic neuron to the postsynaptic neuron and then it is reabsorbed by the presynaptic neuron where it is broken down and re-used. By preventing the re-absorption and breakdown of serotonin, SSRIs effectively increase its levels in the synapse and thus continue to stimulate the postsynaptic neuron. This compensates for whatever is wrong with the serotonin system in OCD. Dosage and other advice vary according to which SSRI is prescribed. It takes 3-4 months of daily use for SSRIs to have much impact on symptoms. 

Combining SSRIs with other treatments: Drugs are often use alongside CBT to treat OCD…


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