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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.
Sleep problems as an infant may cause behavioural problems later on

Sleep problems as an infant may cause behavioural problems later on

TMS shows promise in treating broader range of neurological conditions

TMS shows promise in treating broader range of neurological conditions

New study provides clear picture of brain abnormalities associated with schizophrenia

New study provides clear picture of brain abnormalities associated with schizophrenia

Scientists shed new light on neuronal circuits that acquire and update voluntary actions

Scientists shed new light on neuronal circuits that acquire and update voluntary actions

Contaminating Fake Rubber Hand Aids People to Overcome Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Contaminating Fake Rubber Hand Aids People to Overcome Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

“Rubber hand illusion” can help people overcome obsessive compulsive disorder

“Rubber hand illusion” can help people overcome obsessive compulsive disorder

Researchers find many psychiatric disorders share the same gene variants

Researchers find many psychiatric disorders share the same gene variants

Study may help explain why deep-brain stimulation does not work for everyone

Study may help explain why deep-brain stimulation does not work for everyone

UC study explores side effects in pediatric patients treated with antidepressants

UC study explores side effects in pediatric patients treated with antidepressants

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

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

Pioneering brain chip to fight opioid addiction: first US clinical test

Pioneering brain chip to fight opioid addiction: first US clinical test

First-in-the-U.S. clinical trial uses deep brain stimulation to tackle opioid addiction

First-in-the-U.S. clinical trial uses deep brain stimulation to tackle opioid addiction

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?

Study: More individualised approaches needed to define mental illness

Study: More individualised approaches needed to define mental illness

Deep brain stimulation effective in resistant depression

Deep brain stimulation effective in resistant depression

Long-term study data shows DBS is effective for patients with treatment-resistant depression

Long-term study data shows DBS is effective for patients with treatment-resistant depression

Scientists find a link between brain’s emotion circuit and movement

Scientists find a link between brain’s emotion circuit and movement

Deep brain magnetic stimulation can improve symptoms of OCD

Deep brain magnetic stimulation can improve symptoms of OCD