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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.
Study finds similar brain anomalies in people with anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder

Study finds similar brain anomalies in people with anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder

Declarative memory helps individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders compensate for dysfunction

Declarative memory helps individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders compensate for dysfunction

Researchers identify a common pattern across different psychiatric disorders

Researchers identify a common pattern across different psychiatric disorders

Comorbid OCD not uncommon in bipolar disorder

Comorbid OCD not uncommon in bipolar disorder

Researchers say that misfiring of the brain's control system may underpin compulsions in OCD

Researchers say that misfiring of the brain's control system may underpin compulsions in OCD

Report supports potential of focused ultrasound to treat certain OCD patients

Report supports potential of focused ultrasound to treat certain OCD patients

Going to bed late evenings linked to repetitive negative thoughts

Going to bed late evenings linked to repetitive negative thoughts

Pathological guilt in preschool years linked to brain changes, increases risk for recurrent depression

Pathological guilt in preschool years linked to brain changes, increases risk for recurrent depression

New study finds link between conflict and reinforcement learning

New study finds link between conflict and reinforcement learning

New therapy appears to help tinnitus patients cope better with phantom noise

New therapy appears to help tinnitus patients cope better with phantom noise

Butler neuropsychologist studies OCD patients undergoing gamma knife radiosurgery

Butler neuropsychologist studies OCD patients undergoing gamma knife radiosurgery

New drug naming system to be presented at ECNP conference in Berlin

New drug naming system to be presented at ECNP conference in Berlin

Rogers Behavioral Health System opens treatment center in Tampa, Fla.

Rogers Behavioral Health System opens treatment center in Tampa, Fla.

Research evidence supports use of deep brain stimulation for OCD patients

Research evidence supports use of deep brain stimulation for OCD patients

Childhood psychiatric disorders linked to schizophrenia risk

Childhood psychiatric disorders linked to schizophrenia risk

OCD diagnosis raises risk of subsequent schizophrenia

OCD diagnosis raises risk of subsequent schizophrenia

Longer looks: Alzheimer's and a marriage; racism in medicine; abortion restrictions in Texas

Longer looks: Alzheimer's and a marriage; racism in medicine; abortion restrictions in Texas

Scientists develop algorithm to uncover genomic insertions and deletions involved in autism, OCD

Scientists develop algorithm to uncover genomic insertions and deletions involved in autism, OCD

Researchers determine safety and effectiveness of neurostimulation to treat chronic pain

Researchers determine safety and effectiveness of neurostimulation to treat chronic pain

Study shows link between insomnia-related mental health conditions among teens

Study shows link between insomnia-related mental health conditions among teens