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The effects of COVID-19 pandemic on OCD symptoms

Introduction It is highly likely that the COVID-19 pandemic will have significant adverse effects on the majority of mental disorders, including OCD. This is in addition to widely-reported negative effects on whole population wellbeing. In a recent Danish study looking at effects in young people, Nissen et al [1] used a questionnaire to assess the …

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Evidence review: N-acetylcysteine for OCD

Introduction N-acetylcysteine is thought to regulate glutamate neurotransmission in the brain, and also acts as a potential anti-oxidant. It increases the amount of extracellular glutamate by enhancing the activity of the¬†cystine/ glutamate transporter. There are a number of other drugs that are sometimes used to treat OCD that act on glutamate. These include: Memantine; Riluzole, …

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Delivering treatment for OCD during a pandemic

Introduction The pandemic has had a dramatic effect on the whole of the NHS, but it has also affected the availability of services for OCD. Not only that, but the nature of the pandemic will have had effects on many people with OCD; particularly those with contamination obsessions and cleaning compulsions. In this article, I …

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