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Celexa for OCD

Updated on June 8, 2014

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**Please note that I am NOT a trained professional, nor do I pretend to be one. I am, however, a parent with a child who has been diagnosed with Autism and who, subsequently, has other issues to deal with. Any information given in these artilces is strictly informational in nature; therefore, should NOT be considered as a viable substitute for the expertise, knowledge, skill and/or judgment of a harlthcare practitioner.**

Alana and her brother (Jackson)

Alana is three years younger than Jackson; but, tries so hard to be just like him.  By the way, Jackson is ADHD and ODD.
Alana is three years younger than Jackson; but, tries so hard to be just like him. By the way, Jackson is ADHD and ODD.

To begin with...

In order to understand the mechanisms of Celexa (Citalopram), one must first understand one of the conditions that is used in the management of...OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Alana, being Autistic, has also been evaluated and diagnosed as having OCD.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear or worry, repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing associated anxiety, or a combination of any of the above listed. The symptoms of the aforementioned behaviors are; but, not limited to: excessive washing or cleaning, repeated checking (of doors, windows, locks, light switches, etc.), extreme hoarding, preoccupation with sexual or violent or religious thoughts, relationship related obsessions, aversions to particular numbers and nervous rituals. Because of these obsessive rituals and behaviors the individual can also become inundated with emotional and financial stress.

Those who suffer from OCD readily recognize their obsessions and compulsions, and, in so doing, become even more stressed. It becomes a never-ending cycle.

Psychological and Biological Factors

Psychological factors would include a constant checking of a person's hygiene and/or hygiene habits, or most anything that stems from a fear, obsession or compulsion of a thing or a thought.

The biological factors would be those that are linked to abnormalities within the neurotransmitter known as Serotonin. The Serotonin in an individual's chemical makeup is responsible for regulating anxiety levels. In a person with OCD, the Serotonin receptors are under stimulated. Other biological factors include possible genetic mutations; it is thought that if an individual is diagnosed with OCD as a child then there is a stronger link to the disorder within the familial group. Approximately 45% - 65% of those diagnosed as OCD are children. However, no exact cause is known at this time.

One thing to remember about OCD is that it is not a condition similar to gambling or overeating. These conditions give pleasure to the gambler or to the person who indulges in overeating. A person with OCD derives no pleasure in his or her obsessions or compulsions; these behaviors are not actively pursued.

Sigmund Freud

May 6, 1856-September 23, 1937
May 6, 1856-September 23, 1937

A Few Statistics and/or Interesting Facts

  • 1/3 to 1/2 of adults who suffer with OCD have reported that there was a childhood onset symptom. This suggests that most anxiety disorders can span the life of the individual.
  • Some of the personality traits of those who have OCD are; but, not limited to: being highly detailed oriented, avoiding risky or potentially dangerous activities, careful and thought out planning of days or weeks or months or even years, an exaggerated sense of responsibility or the time consuming efforts to make decisions.
  • There is equality in the number of males who suffer with OCD versus females with the same condition.
  • 80% of OCD sufferers are diagnosed with this disorder before they are 18 years of age.
  • In the 14th through 16th centuries most people associated odd behaviors, compulsions or obsessions with demon possessions and treated the "possessed" individual by performing an exorcism.
  • It was in the early 1910s that Sigmund Freud described this disorder as an "unconscious conflict within the person that manifests itself in the symptoms".

Source

Celexa (Citalopram) 10 mg

Celexa (Citalopram)...the pharmacology of

Celexa (Citalopram) is an antidepressant in the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Class. It is primarily prescribed for depression, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and other conditions as your primary care physician might deem fit to use it for.

The Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Class of drugs are those that are compounds used as antidepressants in the treatments of various conditions, such as (but not limited to) depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders. Essentially what these inhibiters do is to increase the Serotonin production that the body should produce naturally; Serotonin is responsible for regulating anxiety levels.

Side Effects (Common and Serious)

Some common side effects (that may go away during treatment) include; but, are not limited to:

  • body aches or pains
  • gas
  • heartburn
  • tooth grinding
  • watering of the mouth

Some serious side effects (those requiring immediate medical attention) include; but, are not limited to:

  • blurred vision
  • loss of vision
  • trouble with breathing
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • nosebleeds

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