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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.
Standard form of treatment may not be always enough to treat OCD

Standard form of treatment may not be always enough to treat OCD

MGH researchers create highest resolution MRI scan of the human brain

MGH researchers create highest resolution MRI scan of the human brain

Link found between unique brain cells and OCD, anxiety

Link found between unique brain cells and OCD, anxiety

Is mental illness being diagnosed correctly?

Is mental illness being diagnosed correctly?

Deep brain magnetic stimulation can improve symptoms of OCD

Deep brain magnetic stimulation can improve symptoms of OCD

Body's endocannabinoid system appears to be new target for drug development against OCD

Body's endocannabinoid system appears to be new target for drug development against OCD

Provocation of obsessive thoughts induces physiological brain changes in 64-year-old man with OCD

Provocation of obsessive thoughts induces physiological brain changes in 64-year-old man with OCD

Research on repetitive worm behavior may shed light on repetition in humans

Research on repetitive worm behavior may shed light on repetition in humans

People with intense feelings of responsibility susceptible to developing OCD, anxiety

People with intense feelings of responsibility susceptible to developing OCD, anxiety

A new role for sensory signals in the brain discovered

A new role for sensory signals in the brain discovered

DBS improves patients' cognitive control by increasing power of brain rhythms

DBS improves patients' cognitive control by increasing power of brain rhythms

Butler Hospital receives COBRE grant to enhance research on neuropsychiatric illnesses

Butler Hospital receives COBRE grant to enhance research on neuropsychiatric illnesses

Vast majority of children with autism have difficulties that require therapeutic, educational support

Vast majority of children with autism have difficulties that require therapeutic, educational support

Study suggests two deep brain stimulation sites that are effective for treating OCD

Study suggests two deep brain stimulation sites that are effective for treating OCD

New research finds alterations in brain connectivity in OCD patients

New research finds alterations in brain connectivity in OCD patients

Antidepressant drug could save people from deadly sepsis, research suggests

Antidepressant drug could save people from deadly sepsis, research suggests

Repeated action can train the brain to form good habits, shows study

Repeated action can train the brain to form good habits, shows study

Youth with obsessive and compulsive symptoms more likely to experience psychopathology

Youth with obsessive and compulsive symptoms more likely to experience psychopathology

Obsessive-compulsive disorder may protect individuals from obesity

Obsessive-compulsive disorder may protect individuals from obesity

Individual neurons located within the brain have implications for psychiatric diseases

Individual neurons located within the brain have implications for psychiatric diseases