OCD will not go away by itself, so it is important to seek treatment. The most effective approach to treating OCD combines medications with emotional behavioral therapy. The first medication usually considered is a type of antidepressant called a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). These drugs include: * Citalopram (Celexa)
* Fluoxetine (Prozac)
* Paroxetine (Paxil)
* Sertraline (Zoloft)
Current medications used for the treatment of OCD include:
* Anafranil (clomipramine)
* Luvox (fluvoxamine)
* Paxil (paroxetine)
* Prozac (fluoxetine)
These medications can help diminish obsessive thinking and the subsequent compulsive behaviors.
* http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/obsessive-compulsive-disorder/DS00189 * http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/obsessive-compulsive-disorder * http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001926/#adam_000929.disease.symptoms * http://psychcentral.com/lib/2006/the-impact-of-obsessive-compulsive-disorder/ Obsessive
By: Sarah Wahlin
What is OCD?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, obsessions, or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something. The anxiety produced by these thoughts lead to an urgent need to perform certain rituals or routines. Although the ritual may temporarily relieve anxiety, the person must perform the ritual again when the obsessive thoughts return. This OCD cycle can progress to the point of taking up hours of the person's day and significantly interfering with normal activities. People with OCD may be aware that their obsessions and compulsions are senseless or unrealistic, but they cannot stop them. Who does OCD affect?
Men and women are almost equally affected by OCD. The start of OCD usually occurs in adolescence or early adulthood. Almost all cases begin in childhood. Males...