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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.
Sexual assault survivors have increased risk for suicide, mental health conditions

Sexual assault survivors have increased risk for suicide, mental health conditions

UCLA study: Changes in brain regions may hold key to why some people prefer order and certainty

UCLA study: Changes in brain regions may hold key to why some people prefer order and certainty

Researchers identify first definitive risk genes for Tourette Syndrome

Researchers identify first definitive risk genes for Tourette Syndrome

UCSF-led study finds high rate of autism symptoms in children with Tourette syndrome

UCSF-led study finds high rate of autism symptoms in children with Tourette syndrome

Study identifies structural changes in genes that increase risk of Tourette syndrome

Study identifies structural changes in genes that increase risk of Tourette syndrome

Study: DBS shows promise for treating patients with post-stroke pain syndrome

Study: DBS shows promise for treating patients with post-stroke pain syndrome

Treating anxiety disorders in children with CBT

Treating anxiety disorders in children with CBT

Mindfulness therapy has equally positive effect as CBT for many psychiatric symptoms

Mindfulness therapy has equally positive effect as CBT for many psychiatric symptoms

Duke researchers link specific differences in brain structure to multiple forms of mental disorder

Duke researchers link specific differences in brain structure to multiple forms of mental disorder

Researchers discover minimally invasive way to take high-resolution pictures of animal brain

Researchers discover minimally invasive way to take high-resolution pictures of animal brain

Researchers identify underlying cause of obsessive-compulsive disorder

Researchers identify underlying cause of obsessive-compulsive disorder

Brain networks at rest appear to be in state of potentiation for action, study suggests

Brain networks at rest appear to be in state of potentiation for action, study suggests

Study shows how variations in receptor genes may lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder traits

Study shows how variations in receptor genes may lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder traits

Rutgers-Princeton Center aims to improve diagnosis of psychiatric diseases using computational models

Rutgers-Princeton Center aims to improve diagnosis of psychiatric diseases using computational models

Deep brain stimulation can reduce heroin relapse in rat models of addiction, TSRI study shows

Deep brain stimulation can reduce heroin relapse in rat models of addiction, TSRI study shows

Neuroimaging markers may help predict psychotherapy response in patients with depression, anxiety

Neuroimaging markers may help predict psychotherapy response in patients with depression, anxiety

High resting heart rate and blood pressure predict increased risk for later mental health disorders

High resting heart rate and blood pressure predict increased risk for later mental health disorders

UAB investigators receive BRAIN Initiative award to study new DBS technology for Parkinson's disease

UAB investigators receive BRAIN Initiative award to study new DBS technology for Parkinson's disease

Researchers develop mouse model to investigate behavioral effects of eating disorder gene

Researchers develop mouse model to investigate behavioral effects of eating disorder gene

New program at Seattle Children's Hospital helps kids find freedom from OCD

New program at Seattle Children's Hospital helps kids find freedom from OCD