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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.
Research shows how Huntington’s disease affects two distinct cell populations in the striatum

Research shows how Huntington’s disease affects two distinct cell populations in the striatum

MRI shows structural changes in the brain associated with functional, nonepileptic seizures

MRI shows structural changes in the brain associated with functional, nonepileptic seizures

McLean Hospital-affiliated clinicians launch virtual treatment program for anxiety and OCD in children, teens

McLean Hospital-affiliated clinicians launch virtual treatment program for anxiety and OCD in children, teens

Deep brain stimulation as obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment

Deep brain stimulation as obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment

The long-term clinical status of pediatric patients after testing positive for COVID-19

The long-term clinical status of pediatric patients after testing positive for COVID-19

New test provides a more objective way to assess negative urgency

New test provides a more objective way to assess negative urgency

New type of algorithm simplifies comparisons between effects of electrical stimulation on the brain

New type of algorithm simplifies comparisons between effects of electrical stimulation on the brain

Cellular protein may be a potential new target for treating osteoporosis

Cellular protein may be a potential new target for treating osteoporosis

OCD patients with psychiatric comorbidities can benefit from deep brain stimulation

OCD patients with psychiatric comorbidities can benefit from deep brain stimulation

Researchers analyze conceptual metaphors used to describe issues associated with depression

Researchers analyze conceptual metaphors used to describe issues associated with depression

Study of metaphors can help understand the beliefs and feelings of people with mental disorders

Study of metaphors can help understand the beliefs and feelings of people with mental disorders

Study may lead to new therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder

Study may lead to new therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those with OCDs

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those with OCDs

OCD, anxiety and depressive symptoms worsen in young people during COVID-19

OCD, anxiety and depressive symptoms worsen in young people during COVID-19

Brain abnormality in OCD patients may help predict treatment response to cognitive behavioral therapy

Brain abnormality in OCD patients may help predict treatment response to cognitive behavioral therapy

New method analyzes the whole brain network for the first time

New method analyzes the whole brain network for the first time

Analysis: Mental health crisis will lead to a surge in referrals for NHS’ talking therapy service

Analysis: Mental health crisis will lead to a surge in referrals for NHS’ talking therapy service

Identification of shared and distinct brain structural signatures in psychiatric disorders

Identification of shared and distinct brain structural signatures in psychiatric disorders

Targeted deep brain stimulation may improve treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder

Targeted deep brain stimulation may improve treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder

How those with obsessive-compulsive disorder cope with added angst of COVID

How those with obsessive-compulsive disorder cope with added angst of COVID