Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Antioxidants

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a form of anxiety. The aetiology of obsessive compulsive disorder is not fully understood, but it is clear that it shares similarities with that of anxiety. In fact, obsessive compulsive disorder may be anxiety, and the obsessive behaviour may simply be a coping mechanism some individuals use to overcome the main discomfort associated with anxiety. As with anxiety, evidence shows that free radicals accumulation, probably as a result of chronic or overwhelming stress, is the causative factor in the development of obsessive compulsive disorder. Studies have shown that oxidative stress, a condition that arises from excessive free radical generation, is found in patients with obsessive compulsive disorder. This may explain the benefits of antioxidants, and certain plant foods that are high in antioxidants, in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. Consuming a high quality diet that addresses the excess free radicals is a pivotal treatment strategy in treating this condition. . 

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Kuloglu, M., Atmaca, M., Tezcan, E., Gecici, Ö., Tunckol, H. and Ustundag, B. 2002. Antioxidant enzyme activities and malondialdehyde levels in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Neuropsychobiology. 46(1): 27-32

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