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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.
Investigators report effects of internet based treatment on obsessive symptoms

Investigators report effects of internet based treatment on obsessive symptoms

People affected by disorders of compulsivity share common pattern of decision making and brain structure

People affected by disorders of compulsivity share common pattern of decision making and brain structure

Bipolar remission influenced by anxiety and OCD

Bipolar remission influenced by anxiety and OCD

Questionnaire to assess risk factors for OCD may help determine risk of depression, anxiety

Questionnaire to assess risk factors for OCD may help determine risk of depression, anxiety

Johns Hopkins scientists identify genetic marker associated with development of obsessive-compulsive disorder

Johns Hopkins scientists identify genetic marker associated with development of obsessive-compulsive disorder

Family-based CBT benefits young children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Family-based CBT benefits young children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Intimate partner abuse before or during pregnancy linked to higher postpartum mental health problems

Intimate partner abuse before or during pregnancy linked to higher postpartum mental health problems

Children with Tourette syndrome may unconsciously train brain to effectively control tics

Children with Tourette syndrome may unconsciously train brain to effectively control tics

Study: Domestic abuse closely linked to postpartum mental health problems in mothers

Study: Domestic abuse closely linked to postpartum mental health problems in mothers

Studies shed light on propensity for habit formation in obsessive-compulsive disorder

Studies shed light on propensity for habit formation in obsessive-compulsive disorder

NARSAD grants to fund research into psychiatric illness by 40 mid-career scientists

NARSAD grants to fund research into psychiatric illness by 40 mid-career scientists

Pregnant women with bipolar disorder more frequently have mental health

Pregnant women with bipolar disorder more frequently have mental health

Comorbid OCD and bipolar disorder should be treated as mood disorder

Comorbid OCD and bipolar disorder should be treated as mood disorder

Research finds correlation between OCD, body dysmorphia and tanning addiction

Research finds correlation between OCD, body dysmorphia and tanning addiction

Bosch Healthcare receives NCQA's Disease Management certification for HMPs

Bosch Healthcare receives NCQA's Disease Management certification for HMPs

New research finds similarity in organization of regions of brain in humans and monkeys

New research finds similarity in organization of regions of brain in humans and monkeys

American Humane and TGen uncover genetic basis of obsessive-compulsive disorder in dogs

American Humane and TGen uncover genetic basis of obsessive-compulsive disorder in dogs

Study finds discrepancies in prevalence estimates of mental disorders in middle-aged and older adults

Study finds discrepancies in prevalence estimates of mental disorders in middle-aged and older adults

Neuroscientists use new technique to enhance a form of self-control through brain stimulation

Neuroscientists use new technique to enhance a form of self-control through brain stimulation

Study identifies specific DCPR syndromes that could affect obesity

Study identifies specific DCPR syndromes that could affect obesity