Treatment Helps Overcome Disease of Doubt, Fear

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder

An immense fear of germs and a powerful need for order and control led billionaire Howard Hughes to live the last years of his life as an eccentric recluse, a prisoner of his own biochemistry.

The film "The Aviator" shows how obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mental illness that affects two to three percent of Americans, can devastate lives. However, with a comprehensive hospital treatment program like the one available at The Menninger Clinic, an affiliate of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston,

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Are you sure, that Excessive doubt which leads to unrelenting requests for reassurance is caused from a chemical imbalance in general? I personaly think that the concept of chemical imbalance is so much undefined in terms of which area of the brain is, that shows this particular chemical imbalance. We treat , say OCD, by administering blindly into the whole brain SSRI-s to increase levels of 5-HT everywhere on the brain. I read articles which cite that the orbitofrontal cortex and basal ganglia are implicated in the manifestation of the symtoms. Thus abnormal activity in these two areas seems correlated with the clinical manifestation of the disorder. Basic neuroanatomy teaches us that these two areas are but a small portion of the brain. The orbitofrontal cortex located behind the eye brows, and very near to the air filled sinuses, is a small lump, smaller than our ear, and the basal ganglia are even smaller. As such the method of administration of medications seems clearly contradictory to the established neuroanatomy of ocd. Several other areas which constitute the most part of the Brain receive unnecessarily medication, eg., temporal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, the cerebellum, the brain stem, globus pallidus, hypothalamus, most part of the frontal cortex ( motor cortex). Conclusion: Either the neuroanatomy of ocd is still not clearly understood, or the method of administration of medications is a total failure.