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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.
Specific deep-brain circuit's firing frequency can alter forebrain activity, alertness levels

Specific deep-brain circuit's firing frequency can alter forebrain activity, alertness levels

Food smells activate impulse areas of the brain linked with obsessive-compulsive disorder in obese children

Food smells activate impulse areas of the brain linked with obsessive-compulsive disorder in obese children

OCD patients can benefit from exposure and response prevention therapy when drug treatment options fail

OCD patients can benefit from exposure and response prevention therapy when drug treatment options fail

Doctors use MR-guided focused ultrasound to treat essential tremor

Doctors use MR-guided focused ultrasound to treat essential tremor

Benzodiazepines heighten risks for dementia and death

Benzodiazepines heighten risks for dementia and death

Osteopathic physicians, researchers to present clinical and research updates at OMED 15

Osteopathic physicians, researchers to present clinical and research updates at OMED 15

Clinical trial initiated to determine feasibility, safety of focused ultrasound to treat depression

Clinical trial initiated to determine feasibility, safety of focused ultrasound to treat depression

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation announces recipients of NARSAD Young Investigator Grants

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation announces recipients of NARSAD Young Investigator Grants

Bionomics’ BNC210 Phase 1 trial for anxiety and depression meets primary endpoint

Bionomics’ BNC210 Phase 1 trial for anxiety and depression meets primary endpoint

Researchers examine neuroanatomical signature of schizophrenia in different ethnic groups

Researchers examine neuroanatomical signature of schizophrenia in different ethnic groups

Study identifies two key traits involved in development of obsessive-compulsive disorder

Study identifies two key traits involved in development of obsessive-compulsive disorder

First self-assessment test developed to help clinicians diagnose autism in adults

First self-assessment test developed to help clinicians diagnose autism in adults

Sham-controlled trial of deep brain stimulation treatment for depression fails to show efficacy

Sham-controlled trial of deep brain stimulation treatment for depression fails to show efficacy

New UCLA study may lead to more precise treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder

New UCLA study may lead to more precise treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder

International Neuromodulation Society recognizes third Giant of Neuromodulation

International Neuromodulation Society recognizes third Giant of Neuromodulation

Dopamine-producing neurons affect crucial brain functions

Dopamine-producing neurons affect crucial brain functions

Study sheds light on how brain networks contribute to OCD in children

Study sheds light on how brain networks contribute to OCD in children

New methodology isolates functional differences between autistic, non-autistic brains

New methodology isolates functional differences between autistic, non-autistic brains

Tourette syndrome patients may face second psychiatric disorder during their lifetimes

Tourette syndrome patients may face second psychiatric disorder during their lifetimes

Appetite-controlling neurons initiate repetitive behaviors seen in OCD, anorexia nervosa

Appetite-controlling neurons initiate repetitive behaviors seen in OCD, anorexia nervosa