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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.
Mesh electronics could make brain stimulation the new therapeutic norm

Mesh electronics could make brain stimulation the new therapeutic norm

The Kavli Foundation gifts $3 million to support neuroscience research at Salk

The Kavli Foundation gifts $3 million to support neuroscience research at Salk

Implantable brain chip could solve obesity epidemic

Implantable brain chip could solve obesity epidemic

Cognitive-behavioral therapy used to treat OCD can be successful for youth with hoarding symptoms

Cognitive-behavioral therapy used to treat OCD can be successful for youth with hoarding symptoms

Study: Causes of anorexia are likely metabolic and psychological

Study: Causes of anorexia are likely metabolic and psychological

Anorexia may be as much a metabolic disorder as it is a psychiatric one, say scientists

Anorexia may be as much a metabolic disorder as it is a psychiatric one, say scientists

New study identifies eight genetic variants associated with anorexia nervosa

New study identifies eight genetic variants associated with anorexia nervosa

Study offers new clues to autism's underlying biology

Study offers new clues to autism's underlying biology

Doctors urged to prescribe woodland walks for mental health problems

Doctors urged to prescribe woodland walks for mental health problems

Body's endocannabinoid system appears to be new target for drug development against OCD

Body's endocannabinoid system appears to be new target for drug development against OCD

Provocation of obsessive thoughts induces physiological brain changes in 64-year-old man with OCD

Provocation of obsessive thoughts induces physiological brain changes in 64-year-old man with OCD

Parental age linked to children's risk for neuropsychiatric disorders

Parental age linked to children's risk for neuropsychiatric disorders

Research on repetitive worm behavior may shed light on repetition in humans

Research on repetitive worm behavior may shed light on repetition in humans

The long and winding road to mental health care for your kid

The long and winding road to mental health care for your kid

People with intense feelings of responsibility susceptible to developing OCD, anxiety

People with intense feelings of responsibility susceptible to developing OCD, anxiety

A new role for sensory signals in the brain discovered

A new role for sensory signals in the brain discovered

Advances in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s could lead to treatments for other disorders

Advances in deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s could lead to treatments for other disorders

DBS improves patients' cognitive control by increasing power of brain rhythms

DBS improves patients' cognitive control by increasing power of brain rhythms

Butler Hospital receives COBRE grant to enhance research on neuropsychiatric illnesses

Butler Hospital receives COBRE grant to enhance research on neuropsychiatric illnesses

Vast majority of children with autism have difficulties that require therapeutic, educational support

Vast majority of children with autism have difficulties that require therapeutic, educational support