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 such as constantly counting on their fingers or washing their hands repeatedly.
There are millions of people affected, approximately 2 – 3 % of the world wide population.
Certain medications may help alleviate symptoms. These include antidepressants like SSRI’s.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed class of antidepressants. The 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.
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.