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.
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

D-Cycloserine found to help people with obsessive-compulsive disorder

D-Cycloserine found to help people with obsessive-compulsive disorder

Better understanding of deep brain stimulation

Better understanding of deep brain stimulation

All anxiety is not created equal!

All anxiety is not created equal!

10.3 percent of U.S. adults appear to have problems with drug use or abuse

10.3 percent of U.S. adults appear to have problems with drug use or abuse

Benefits of antidepressants for children far outweigh the risks

Benefits of antidepressants for children far outweigh the risks

Psychological treatments versus treatment as usual for obsessive compulsive disorder

Psychological treatments versus treatment as usual for obsessive compulsive disorder

New insights into how the brain controls movements

New insights into how the brain controls movements

Review of all major studies involving anti-depressants in children

Review of all major studies involving anti-depressants in children

Risks and benefits of antidepressant treatment for children with depression

Risks and benefits of antidepressant treatment for children with depression

Benefits of antidepressants for children and teens with depression or anxiety disorders may outweigh risks

Benefits of antidepressants for children and teens with depression or anxiety disorders may outweigh risks

Antidepressants safe for children and adolescents - black box warnings questioned

Antidepressants safe for children and adolescents - black box warnings questioned

Deep brain stimulation helps improve memory in patients with psychiatric illness

Deep brain stimulation helps improve memory in patients with psychiatric illness

Autism, hyperactivity and Tourette's syndrome on the increase in children

Autism, hyperactivity and Tourette's syndrome on the increase in children

Childhood psychiatric disorders on the rise

Childhood psychiatric disorders on the rise

Paroxetine effective in treating patients with compulsive hoarding syndrome

Paroxetine effective in treating patients with compulsive hoarding syndrome

Anxiety disorders linked to thyroid disease, respiratory disease, arthritis and migraine headaches

Anxiety disorders linked to thyroid disease, respiratory disease, arthritis and migraine headaches

Men as likely as women to shop 'til they drop

Men as likely as women to shop 'til they drop

Faulty gene linked to hair pulling disorder

Faulty gene linked to hair pulling disorder