Drug Therapies for OCD

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Clomipramine is an SRI. What effect does this have?
It has a strong effect on the whole sertonergic system
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Fluoxetine is an SRRI. What is different about this compared to SRI's?
The have a specific effect on brain regions or areas which use serotonin
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How do drugs work?
Increase the amount serotonin
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There are side affects of drugs. What does this mean?
Drop-out rates are high, Few people can take it for more than 1 year and It cannot be taken by those with heart problems or at risk of suicide
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Effectiveness
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Simpson et al (2004) – compared a drug treatment group vs CBT group. What did he find?
Found 45% vs. 12% relapse rates
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What does this mean?
Means drug therapy not as effective after treatment finishes (palliative not curative)
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Appropriateness
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Drugs ________ the symptoms of OCD
Reduce
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Although drugs may not cure OCD by themselevs what does it help in doing?
Reduce drop out rates from other therapies because the symptoms are reduced
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Drugs do not treat the...
Underlying cause of OCD
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The reasons they work are...
Unknown
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Drugs have...
Side effects
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