The biological approach to treating OCD

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What is the main approach to treating OCD?
Drug Therapy, anti-depressants that increase levels of serotonin
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What are the two types of anti-depressants used to treat OCD?
SSRI's, and Tricyclics
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What are SSRI's?
They prevent the re-uptake of serotonin by pre-synaptic neuron. They regulate mood and anxiety.
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What are Tricyclics?
They block the re-uptake of noradrenaline and serotonin but have more sever side effects and therefore are second choice option of treatment.
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What are anti-anxiety drugs?
Benzodiazepines are used to reduce anxiety, they slow down the CNS by enhancing the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA.
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EVALUATION: Effectiveness
SSRI's are better than anything else, including a placebo.
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