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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.
Researchers discover how behavior is organized in the brain

Researchers discover how behavior is organized in the brain

Less than a quarter of youth treated for anxiety disorder stay in remission over long term

Less than a quarter of youth treated for anxiety disorder stay in remission over long term

Massive analysis of genomes reveals insights into genetic overlap among psychiatric diseases

Massive analysis of genomes reveals insights into genetic overlap among psychiatric diseases

Study: The brain processes emotion differently in patients with OCD than their unaffected siblings

Study: The brain processes emotion differently in patients with OCD than their unaffected siblings

New study may help customize more effective treatments for people with anxiety

New study may help customize more effective treatments for people with anxiety

Understanding fear of guilt could lead to better treatment of OCD

Understanding fear of guilt could lead to better treatment of OCD

Tanning addiction afflicts teenage minorities in Los Angeles

Tanning addiction afflicts teenage minorities in Los Angeles

Innovative psychotherapeutic treatment protocol for obsessive-compulsive disorders

Innovative psychotherapeutic treatment protocol for obsessive-compulsive disorders

MRI and machine learning could predict whether OCD patients will benefit from treatment

MRI and machine learning could predict whether OCD patients will benefit from treatment

Study of songbirds provides key insights into how the brain learns motor skills

Study of songbirds provides key insights into how the brain learns motor skills

Study links mild obsessive-compulsive symptoms to alterations of cerebral anatomy in healthy children

Study links mild obsessive-compulsive symptoms to alterations of cerebral anatomy in healthy children

Cognitive behavioral therapy also has long-lasting effect for children, adolescents with OCD

Cognitive behavioral therapy also has long-lasting effect for children, adolescents with OCD

Four genes associated with OCD identified

Four genes associated with OCD identified

Rutgers scientists use genetic engineering technique to create brain cells for studying Tourette’s

Rutgers scientists use genetic engineering technique to create brain cells for studying Tourette’s

Study may provide insights into treating autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders

Study may provide insights into treating autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders

People with OCD show distinct changes in the brain when treated with special form of talk therapy

People with OCD show distinct changes in the brain when treated with special form of talk therapy

Study examines effectiveness of placebo and antidepressants in children, adolescents

Study examines effectiveness of placebo and antidepressants in children, adolescents

Better understanding of serotonin's function in the brain could lead to radical shift in psychiatric care

Better understanding of serotonin's function in the brain could lead to radical shift in psychiatric care

Study finds transcranial direct-current stimulation to be less effective than anti-depressants

Study finds transcranial direct-current stimulation to be less effective than anti-depressants

Researchers identify control mechanisms of synapse formation

Researchers identify control mechanisms of synapse formation