Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition. People suffering from OCD have thoughts and fears that can contribute to compulsive and ritualistic behaviors. You may find someone you love constantly counting on their fingers or washing their hands repeatedly. They may check their house before leaving 20 times to make sure all the doors are locked for example.
There are millions of people affected, approximately 2 – 3 % of the worldwide population.
Certain medications may help alleviate symptoms of OCD. The most typical ones include antidepressants like SSRIs.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants. They work on the brain to inhibit the reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin. This is thought to increase levels of serotonin in the brain. This neurotransmitter is involved with happiness and mood. It has a calming effect on the mind and body.
fluoxetine / Prozac
sertraline / Zoloft
citalopram / Celexa
escitalopram / Lexapro
paroxetine / Paxil
fluvoxamine / Luvox
Comes with Side Effects
Common side effects of SSRIs include nausea, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, akathisia, restlessness, tremors and shaky limbs, as well as sexual problems.
One downfall with some medications like SSRIs is they can actually worsen OCD symptoms in some patients. This happened to me personally, I didn’t have OCD before starting SSRIs, but soon after starting, I developed the need to constantly and repeatedly count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, + in my head over and over, daily.
This is of course rare, but something to consider when trying a needed medication for the first time. Always consult your doctor when wanting to start or stop a medication or if side effects occur. You may consult with a physician now at mytelemedicine.
If you feel relief and little to no side effects – Great! There is no need for you to suffer any longer.
You may also want to check out my blog section or the alternative mental health pages for some ideas of remedies and natural approaches to healing OCD.