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Anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect approximately 20 million adults in the United States. These disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects approximately 3.3 million adults in the United States, causing patients to experience obsessive thoughts and perform repetitive rituals (e.g. checking, hoarding, hand washing) that interfere with normal life. The obsessive thoughts and compulsions are often irrational and cause significant stress and anxiety, leading to isolation of the individual from work or society, or impaired productivity. Individuals with OCD often recognize their behaviors as excessive or unreasonable. OCD is a chronic condition that usually begins in adolescence or early adulthood. Although patients can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy and conventional antidepressant or antianxiety drugs, approximately 20% of patients achieve full remission. Secretin may provide an alternative for patients who are refractory to other drug therapies.
Cognitive behavioral therapy also has long-lasting effect for children, adolescents with OCD

Cognitive behavioral therapy also has long-lasting effect for children, adolescents with OCD

Four genes associated with OCD identified

Four genes associated with OCD identified

Rutgers scientists use genetic engineering technique to create brain cells for studying Tourette’s

Rutgers scientists use genetic engineering technique to create brain cells for studying Tourette’s

Study may provide insights into treating autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders

Study may provide insights into treating autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders

People with OCD show distinct changes in the brain when treated with special form of talk therapy

People with OCD show distinct changes in the brain when treated with special form of talk therapy

Study examines effectiveness of placebo and antidepressants in children, adolescents

Study examines effectiveness of placebo and antidepressants in children, adolescents

Better understanding of serotonin's function in the brain could lead to radical shift in psychiatric care

Better understanding of serotonin's function in the brain could lead to radical shift in psychiatric care

Study finds transcranial direct-current stimulation to be less effective than anti-depressants

Study finds transcranial direct-current stimulation to be less effective than anti-depressants

Researchers identify control mechanisms of synapse formation

Researchers identify control mechanisms of synapse formation

Researchers unravel genetic characteristics that increase risk of developing Tourette syndrome

Researchers unravel genetic characteristics that increase risk of developing Tourette syndrome

Sexual assault survivors have increased risk for suicide, mental health conditions

Sexual assault survivors have increased risk for suicide, mental health conditions

UCLA study: Changes in brain regions may hold key to why some people prefer order and certainty

UCLA study: Changes in brain regions may hold key to why some people prefer order and certainty

Researchers identify first definitive risk genes for Tourette Syndrome

Researchers identify first definitive risk genes for Tourette Syndrome

UCSF-led study finds high rate of autism symptoms in children with Tourette syndrome

UCSF-led study finds high rate of autism symptoms in children with Tourette syndrome

Study identifies structural changes in genes that increase risk of Tourette syndrome

Study identifies structural changes in genes that increase risk of Tourette syndrome

Study: DBS shows promise for treating patients with post-stroke pain syndrome

Study: DBS shows promise for treating patients with post-stroke pain syndrome

Treating anxiety disorders in children with CBT

Treating anxiety disorders in children with CBT

Mindfulness therapy has equally positive effect as CBT for many psychiatric symptoms

Mindfulness therapy has equally positive effect as CBT for many psychiatric symptoms

Duke researchers link specific differences in brain structure to multiple forms of mental disorder

Duke researchers link specific differences in brain structure to multiple forms of mental disorder

Researchers discover minimally invasive way to take high-resolution pictures of animal brain

Researchers discover minimally invasive way to take high-resolution pictures of animal brain