Editorial - Neuroscience and Psychiatry: Open Access (2023) Volume 6, Issue 2

A Short Note on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Tom Wilson*

Department of Neuroscience & Physiology Zambia

*Corresponding Author:
Tom Wilson
Department of Neuroscience & Physiology Zambia
E-mail: Wilson_tom@gmail.com

Received: 03-Apr-2023, Manuscript No. npoa-23-96794; Editor assigned: 05-Apr-2023, Pre-QC No. npoa-23- 96794 (PQ); Reviewed: 19-Apr-2023, QC No npoa-23-96794; Revised: 21- Apr-2023, Manuscript No. npoa-23- 96794 (R); Published: 28-Apr-2023; DOI: 10.37532/npoa.2023.6(2).26-28


Chemical imbalance range jumble (ASD) and fanatical enthusiastic problem (OCD) are mental issues with a significant cross-over as far as their characterizing side effects. Moreover, Meier et al.'s longitudinal study ( OCD patients had a fourfold higher risk of ASD than OCD patients, and those with ASD had a twofold higher risk of developing OCD later in life than healthy controls. ASD is a condition that lasts a lifetime and has a very different clinical course in childhood and adolescence. There are numerous intervention programs for children with autism, but there is no approved pharmaceutical treatment for ASD's core symptoms. Co-morbidities or specific symptoms like irritability, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are frequently treated with antipsychotics, psychostimulants, or atomoxetine. Risperidone and aripiprazole have been found to show a restricted helpful impact on center ASD side effects, while frequently being joined by huge unfriendly occasions, for example weight gain and hazard for metabolic disorder, sedation or extrapyramidal conditions.


Obsessive compulsive disorder • Alzheimer's disease • Memantine


OCD is described by tedious contemplations or motivations (fixations) and additionally monotonous ways of behaving or mental demonstrations (impulses) and is generally treated with mental conduct treatment as well as specific serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Children and adolescents with OCD respond well to SSRI treatment, which is linked to a 29–44% reduction in symptoms. However, the majority of patients only respond partially, resulting in persistent low-grade symptoms and impairment.

One of the primary symptoms of several pediatric psychiatric disorders, including substance use disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder, is compulsivity, which is regarded as a trait shared by multiple disorders. It is defined as the tendency to perform repetitive acts in a habitual or stereotyped manner, the experience of losing control over the urge to perform a behavior, the inability to delay or inhibit certain thoughts or behaviors. While the mental components basic the impulsive way of behaving in ASD and OCD vary (self-relieving versus stress-diminishing), the contributory natural systems seem, by all accounts, to be connected. For sure, different neuroimaging studies have found an expanded glutamatergic action in the striatum and the front cingulate cortex in subjects with compulsivity (counting ASD and OCD) contrasted and controls.

In comparison to healthy controls, children and adolescents with ASD or OCD had higher glutamate concentrations in the midline anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) in a proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy study. There gave off an impression of being no distinctions in glutamate levels between the two issues, yet a positive connection between's urgent way of behaving and ACC glutamate fixation was accounted for. As a result, modifying the release of glutamate or its action at receptors in this part of the brain may be a potential treatment option for compulsivity.

Memantine is currently used to treat Alzheimer's disease because it has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It estranges the activity of glutamate at N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, a glutamate receptor subfamily comprehensively engaged with mind capability. It is used as a "cognitive enhancer" in the clinical setting, significantly enhancing not only cognitive function but also behavior, daily activities, and agitation [1-5].


Memantine has been used in both open-label and controlled trials in children and adolescents with ASD. It has also been used to help adults and adolescents who suffer from OCD. Conducted three phase 2 open-label trials (OLTs) to examine the safety and efficacy of memantine treatment in children with ASD over the long term. The authors came to the conclusion that there were no new safety concerns. In addition, despite the fact that the a priori defined efficacy results (in the primary outcome/s) were not achieved, the substantial improvements in mean Social Responsiveness Scale scores from baseline were believed to be clinically significant. Three OLTs in ASD patients suggested significant improvements in irritability, stereotypic behavior, hyperactivity, attention, and memory, according to a systematic review on glutamatergic agents in the treatment of compulsivity and impulsivity in child and adolescent psychiatry (see below). Additionally, a favorable safety and tolerability record was reported, and the majority of adverse events (such as nausea, headache, and dizziness) were comparable to those seen in adult dementia populations.

A single case report of a 15-year-old girl with chronic, severe, and SSRI treatment-resistant OCD showed significant improvement when memantine was added to a previously ineffective citalopram treatment in relation to OCD in children and adolescents. A review by Lu and others 2018 found that memantine improved OCD symptoms in adults (as a stand-alone therapy or as an addition to SSRIs) in the majority of published studies. Comparative outcomes were accounted for by Modaressi et al, who concluded that memantine is an effective and well-tolerated augmentation for patients with severe OCD in a randomized, placebocontrolled trial in adults with SSRI-refractory OCD. Memantine appears to be a promising option for treating ASD and OCD in children and adolescents based on the aforementioned findings, especially considering its favorable riskbenefit profile to date.

The current review is quick to examine memantine treatment of compulsivity in youngsters and youths with chemical imbalance range jumble (ASD) or over the top habitual problem (OCD), in an extra, randomized, twofold visually impaired, fake treatment controlled plan. In this population, four university-based clinical study sites investigated the glutamatergic agent memantine's clinical efficacy (improving compulsive symptoms) as well as its tolerability and safety: 1) The Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy; ( 2) King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, Departments of Neuroimaging and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; ( 3) The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Brain Center Rudolf at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, and 4) The Karakter Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour at the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, both in the Netherlands. The large, translational project TACTICS (Translational Adolescent and Childhood Therapeutic Interventions in Compulsive Syndromes) included this placebo-controlled clinical trial (GOAT trial) (glutamatergic medication in the treatment of OCD and ASD). The European Union provided funding for the project (http:// www.tactics-project.eu/) (EudraCT Number: 2014-003080-38).

Our discoveries, albeit in light of a tiny number of patients and consequently lacking to make clear determinations, have all the earmarks of being in accordance with the speculation that memantine is a successful, mediocre and safe specialist for kids and young people with ASD or potentially OCD. Both the CY-BOCS total score and the CY-BOCS compulsion subscore decreased numerically more significantly in this study's participants who took verum than those who took a placebo. Our study backs up the idea that children and adolescents who receive treatment with memantine are safe and well-tolerated, which is consistent with previous findings. In the population under study, there were no discontinuations or serious adverse events (SAEs).

However, in order to complete a valid clinical development program for this patient population and, consequently, to provide a solid foundation for drug registration and market authorization, additional research with more funding, personnel, and time resources is required [6-10].


The results of our study appear to support the hypothesis that memantine is a safe, effective, and tolerable treatment for ASD/OCD in children and adolescents. Memantine still appears to be a promising treatment alternative in light of the fact that the pharmaceutical and other therapeutic options currently available to treat compulsivity are frequently insufficient. As more research on memantine in this population, possibly in larger study samples, is required, it is hoped that this incomplete study will encourage additional research in this field.


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