Obsessive Compulsive Disorder News and Research

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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.
How memory deals with a change in plans

How memory deals with a change in plans

Obsessive compulsive disorder linked to activity in lateral orbitofrontal cortex

Obsessive compulsive disorder linked to activity in lateral orbitofrontal cortex

D-cycloserine may improve behavioral therapy treatment for anxiety

D-cycloserine may improve behavioral therapy treatment for anxiety

North Carolina mental health parity law comes into effect

North Carolina mental health parity law comes into effect

New treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

New treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Discovery of gene mutation which causes epilepsy and mental retardation - but only in women

Discovery of gene mutation which causes epilepsy and mental retardation - but only in women

Deep brain stimulation may help people with treatment resistant major depression

Deep brain stimulation may help people with treatment resistant major depression

Treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, help for partners also

Treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, help for partners also

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) versus placebo for obsessive compulsive disorder

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) versus placebo for obsessive compulsive disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder due to visual brain glitch

Body dysmorphic disorder due to visual brain glitch

New psychiatric medication treatment guidelines for preschoolers

New psychiatric medication treatment guidelines for preschoolers

Psychiatric advance directives enhance patient-doctor communication

Psychiatric advance directives enhance patient-doctor communication

Brain pattern associated with genetic risk of obsessive compulsive disorder

Brain pattern associated with genetic risk of obsessive compulsive disorder

The missing grey cells that turn people into obsessives

The missing grey cells that turn people into obsessives

University of Illinois at Chicago receives $2.2 million grant to develop drugs to suppress cocaine cravings

University of Illinois at Chicago receives $2.2 million grant to develop drugs to suppress cocaine cravings

Mental disorders are disorders of the brain

Mental disorders are disorders of the brain

SSRIs may double risk of gastrointestinal bleeding

SSRIs may double risk of gastrointestinal bleeding

Potential new strategies for treating obsessive compulsive disorder

Potential new strategies for treating obsessive compulsive disorder

UIC receives $9.6 million grant for autism research

UIC receives $9.6 million grant for autism research

Innovative new psychological treatment program for obsessive compulsive disorder

Innovative new psychological treatment program for obsessive compulsive disorder