Essay on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Nutrition

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OCD and Nutrition

OCD or obsessive-compulsive disorder is a type of anxiety disorder which affects 2.3% of the American population between the ages of 18 and 54. This condition is characterized by irrational or unwanted thoughts, obsessions, urge for repetitive rituals and compulsions. Symptoms usually start during early childhood or adolescence and the exact cause is still unknown. Some thought that OCD manifests due to personality defects and bad parenting, but this is not the case. OCD impacts the communication systems in the brain and according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, it produces a chemical imbalance in the brain wherein low levels of serotonin have been recorded. Serotonin plays an essential role in mood
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OCD and Nutrition

OCD or obsessive-compulsive disorder is a type of anxiety disorder which affects 2.3% of the American population between the ages of 18 and 54. This condition is characterized by irrational or unwanted thoughts, obsessions, urge for repetitive rituals and compulsions. Symptoms usually start during early childhood or adolescence and the exact cause is still unknown. Some thought that OCD manifests due to personality defects and bad parenting, but this is not the case. OCD impacts the communication systems in the brain and according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, it produces a chemical imbalance in the brain wherein low levels of serotonin have been recorded. Serotonin plays an essential role in mood regulation, learning, calmness, and sleep. Several medications can help in behavioral therapy for OCD since it is known to be incurable. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs helps in raising the serotonin levels in the brain leading to reduced OCD symptoms.

Nutritional Therapy
A nutritious diet may not prevent the OCD’s onset, but it can assists in managing the symptoms with the help of medications, supplements, and mental health therapy.

Tryptophan - This amino acid promotes the formation of serotonin which is essential in mood regulation. It has been shown to be successful in treating OCD and it’s also effective for other anxiety disorders. This is formed from precursor coenzymes found in B-vitamins. Example of foods with high