Biochemical explanations of OCD

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What is the mean neurochemical involved in OCD?
Serotonin
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Sufferers will have...
Reduced levels of serotonin or deficient serotonin metabolism which means not enough is absorbed
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SRI’s or SSRI’s help in treatment of OCD by
By blocking the amount of serotonin broken down in the brain therefore increasing the amount available
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Drugs which affect other neurotransmitters do..
Not help OCD suggesting it is serotonin specifically
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What did Rachman 2004 find?
Serotonin levels assessed - same in OCD & controls
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How long do SSRI's take to work?
6 weeks
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There is now support for the opposite... To much serotonin causes OCD..What does this explain??>
Why drugs only work after a while
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What did Insel 1991 find?
That SSRI’s were effective in reducing symptoms of OCD in 50-60% of cases.
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There are issues with cause and...
Effect. What causes you to develop OCD?
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If it is down to serotonin, why do...
Therapies work
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