Neurobiology of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Co Occurring Mental Health Issues

10.16.2020 - By Counselor Toolbox Podcast

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Summary
- There is significant overlap between OCD and other psychiatric disorders
- While ERP and SSRIs are the gold standard for addressing OCD behaviors, it is also important to address other underlying issues which may contribute to neurotransmitter disruption.
- Trauma history (powerlessness and unsafeness)
- Lack of emotional regulation skills
- Lack of happiness promoting behaviors
- Lack of secure attachment (oxytocin)
- Poor nutrition, sleep, iron deficiency
- Hormone imbalances (gonadal or thyroid)
- Medication side effects (hormones, steroids, thyroid, RLS, antipsychotics)

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