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Disease of the Week: OCD

The causes, effects and treatments of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Vince Carter

on 14 April 2010

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Transcript of Disease of the Week: OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder *Victims of OCD experience unwanted reoccuring thoughts(obsessions)
*These thoughts cause anxeity to the victims
*Victims often try to get rid of these thoughts by repeating certain actions or rituals
*They often feel the need to touch certain objects repeatedly
* The rituals are often completely irrational even to the victim who might complete them multiple times a day
*Sometimes they feel the need to do things a certain number of times because that number is a "good number" or a "good luck number"
*The rituals invade there life to the point where it seems more important to them to wash there hair "3" times than it is to get on with everyday chores
*The symptoms can be sometimes be so severe that they keep people from working, they may come and go or be constant get better or worse
Causes of OCD Effects of OCD *There may be several kinds of OCD
*There are many theories about the causes of OCD
*Seratonin, a chemical messenger in the brain, appears to be involved
*Brain scans have shown that some patients have abnormalities in the brain
*Some research suggests that there is a communication problem in the brain
*Nobody really knows for sure
*Some research suggests that OCD may run in the family or may be "passed down" from other conditions like it Treatments for OCD
*The first step is to find out if your symptoms are due to OCD or something else
*You should go see a mental health professional
*Medications called "Selective Seretonin reuptake Inhibitors" such as: Prozac, Celexa, and Zoloft are some medications commonly used to help treat OCD
Disease Of The Week
by Carter Hall Bibliography

http://www.medicinenet.com/obsessive_compulsive_disorder_ocd/page2.htm easybib it
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