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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.
Study shows anxiety-promoting parental behaviors affect children

Study shows anxiety-promoting parental behaviors affect children

Bone quality reduced in mood disorder patients

Bone quality reduced in mood disorder patients

Brain's infralimbic cortex can switch between new and old habits

Brain's infralimbic cortex can switch between new and old habits

New way to image how brain cells coordinate with each other to control specific behaviors

New way to image how brain cells coordinate with each other to control specific behaviors

Attachment and relationship problems in adolescents with anxiety

Attachment and relationship problems in adolescents with anxiety

High personality disorder comorbidity rates identified in anxiety

High personality disorder comorbidity rates identified in anxiety

Comorbid physical, psychiatric disorders common in BD

Comorbid physical, psychiatric disorders common in BD

Prevalence of OCD in children ‘high’

Prevalence of OCD in children ‘high’

Transcept completes enrollment in TO-2061 Phase 2 trial for obsessive compulsive disorder

Transcept completes enrollment in TO-2061 Phase 2 trial for obsessive compulsive disorder

Antipsychotic-induced obsessive compulsive symptoms assessed

Antipsychotic-induced obsessive compulsive symptoms assessed

Deep-brain stimulation may stop uncontrollable shaking in patients with Parkinson's

Deep-brain stimulation may stop uncontrollable shaking in patients with Parkinson's

Social phobia prevalent in OCD patients

Social phobia prevalent in OCD patients

Dogs offer excellent animal model for human obsessive compulsive disorder study

Dogs offer excellent animal model for human obsessive compulsive disorder study

Studies raise possibility of new DBS approaches to treat obesity

Studies raise possibility of new DBS approaches to treat obesity

Two papers may help identify gene variants that contribute to OCD or Tourette syndrome

Two papers may help identify gene variants that contribute to OCD or Tourette syndrome

OCS common in patients at high risk for psychosis

OCS common in patients at high risk for psychosis

Childlessness increases risk of hospitalisations for psychiatric disorders among infertile women

Childlessness increases risk of hospitalisations for psychiatric disorders among infertile women

High medical illness rates in bipolar disorder

High medical illness rates in bipolar disorder

Study reveals function of dorsal anterior cingulate cortex in the brain

Study reveals function of dorsal anterior cingulate cortex in the brain

Study to test NAC and aspirin for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Study to test NAC and aspirin for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder