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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: Patients with chronic pain should be evaluated for anxiety disorders

Research: Patients with chronic pain should be evaluated for anxiety disorders

UCLA study shows individuals with BDD have global bad wiring in their brains

UCLA study shows individuals with BDD have global bad wiring in their brains

DBS appears to reduce caloric intake and weight loss in obese animal models

DBS appears to reduce caloric intake and weight loss in obese animal models

Research: DBS may provide therapeutic relief to binge eating

Research: DBS may provide therapeutic relief to binge eating

Non-invasive brain surgery: an interview with Dr Andres Lozano, University of Toronto

Non-invasive brain surgery: an interview with Dr Andres Lozano, University of Toronto

Study finds Google searches for information about mental illnesses, problems follow seasonal patterns

Study finds Google searches for information about mental illnesses, problems follow seasonal patterns

DBS helps anorexia patients achieve and maintain improvements in body weight, mood and anxiety

DBS helps anorexia patients achieve and maintain improvements in body weight, mood and anxiety

Scientists discover how to detect abnormal brain rhythms associated with Parkinson's

Scientists discover how to detect abnormal brain rhythms associated with Parkinson's

Next generation deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy to be developed by Sapiens

Next generation deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy to be developed by Sapiens

Temper outbursts linked to depression in OCD children

Temper outbursts linked to depression in OCD children

Mount Sinai sets up new center for treating tic and obsessive-compulsive disorders

Mount Sinai sets up new center for treating tic and obsessive-compulsive disorders

Itch-specific nerve cells: an interview with Associate Professor Xinzhong Dong

Itch-specific nerve cells: an interview with Associate Professor Xinzhong Dong

Experiencing domestic violence may lead to mental health disorders

Experiencing domestic violence may lead to mental health disorders

Misdiagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder and ADHD can jeopardize patient care

Misdiagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder and ADHD can jeopardize patient care

Views on Conn. shootings: Mental illness doesn't generally lead to violence; Need for more treatment options; Helping the survivors

Views on Conn. shootings: Mental illness doesn't generally lead to violence; Need for more treatment options; Helping the survivors

Zucker Hillside Hospital celebrates opening of new $120 million inpatient pavilion

Zucker Hillside Hospital celebrates opening of new $120 million inpatient pavilion

First U.S. patient treated with deep brain stimulation for Alzheimer's at Johns Hopkins

First U.S. patient treated with deep brain stimulation for Alzheimer's at Johns Hopkins

Negative messages not having an impact in people with addictive behaviors

Negative messages not having an impact in people with addictive behaviors

Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder worry considerably more than general population

Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder worry considerably more than general population

Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome anxiety linked to poorer adaptive behaviors

Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome anxiety linked to poorer adaptive behaviors