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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.
Genes may be responsible for obsessive-compulsive disorder

Genes may be responsible for obsessive-compulsive disorder

Neurosurgical treatment of anxiety disorders effective

Neurosurgical treatment of anxiety disorders effective

Study contradicts USA warning that an antidepressant can cause congenital abnormalities

Study contradicts USA warning that an antidepressant can cause congenital abnormalities

Anorexia not alleviated by anti-depressants

Anorexia not alleviated by anti-depressants

Europe gives approval for children to get Prozac

Europe gives approval for children to get Prozac

Study shows drugs work differently in the brains of men and women

Study shows drugs work differently in the brains of men and women

That mistake will cost you and your brain knows staight away!

That mistake will cost you and your brain knows staight away!

Gene variant doubles risk for obsessive-compulsive disorder

Gene variant doubles risk for obsessive-compulsive disorder

FDA warns diet drugs contain Prozac and Librium

FDA warns diet drugs contain Prozac and Librium

p11 gene may play a key role in depression

p11 gene may play a key role in depression

First gene mutation associated with Tourette syndrome

First gene mutation associated with Tourette syndrome

SLITRK1 gene appears to contribute to some cases of Tourette's Syndrome

SLITRK1 gene appears to contribute to some cases of Tourette's Syndrome

Tests of cognitive function are the best way so far to predict whether healthy elderly people will develop Alzheimer's

Tests of cognitive function are the best way so far to predict whether healthy elderly people will develop Alzheimer's

Riluzole appears to have significant antiobsessional, antidepressant, and antianxiety properties

Riluzole appears to have significant antiobsessional, antidepressant, and antianxiety properties

Psychological treatment most effective treatment for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder

Psychological treatment most effective treatment for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder

EU calls for tougher warnings on antidepressants for kids

EU calls for tougher warnings on antidepressants for kids

Drugs alone are not enough for fighting obsessions and compulsions

Drugs alone are not enough for fighting obsessions and compulsions

Second-generation Antidepressants

Second-generation Antidepressants

Memory problems could be a clue to psychosis

Memory problems could be a clue to psychosis

New painkiller was discovered in natural form in venomous snails in 1979

New painkiller was discovered in natural form in venomous snails in 1979