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Latest Obsessive–compulsive disorder Stories

2011-02-18 13:01:49

For patients most severely afflicted with obsessive-compulsive disorder, electrical stimulation of a brain network can rebalance their emotional state, helping them respond to conventional therapy when it never worked before. New long-term results show that patients' improvements remain if the treatment continues. But, as with other OCD treatments, DBS is not a cure and can have side effects. When obsessive-compulsive disorder is of crippling severity and drugs and behavior therapy can't...

2011-01-18 08:37:00

PHOENIX, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OCD affects approximately 2 percent of the population. Left untreated, the symptoms of OCD intensify and can disrupt every aspect of daily life. Eventually, OCD makes it impossible to lead a normal life. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100914/CG64058LOGO) "This is an extremely serious disorder," said Ken Littlefield, PsyD, psychologist at the OCD program at Remuda Ranch. "Individuals with OCD face significant impairment in functioning...

2010-12-07 00:00:41

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), anxiety disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 and older (about 18 percent) in a given year. Findings show that mental disorders most commonly start in early life. Dr. K. Andrews specializes in the intensive treatment of mental health disorders including anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and phobias. Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) December 6, 2010 K. Andrews, PsyD,...

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2010-10-21 07:00:00

A common infection in children, strep throat can lead to problems with a child's heart, joints or brain if left untreated. And when the brain is involved, motor and mental functioning may be compromised, leading to syndromes such as attention deficit disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). While scientists have speculated on a link between OCD and childhood infections like strep for more than two decades, Prof. Daphna Joel and her team of researchers at Tel Aviv University's...

2010-10-19 16:49:41

An international collaboration led by academics at the University of Sheffield, has shed new light into Parkinson´s disease, which could help with the development of cures or treatments in the future. The collaboration, which was led by Professor Peter Redgrave from the University´s Department of Psychology, suggests that many of the problems suffered by patients with Parkinson´s disease - difficulties in initiating actions, slow...

2010-10-14 13:49:37

Findings could help guide clinical treatment decisions New research from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center may help clinicians better predict how a child with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) will respond to some of the most commonly used treatment approaches. The findings, published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, could help guide important clinical decisions about the best intervention for children with this...

2010-10-07 08:36:00

PHOENIX, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- OCD is often a topic made light of in casual conversations and on popular TV shows like "Monk". But the fact is OCD is a serious disorder and individuals with OCD face significant impairment in functioning and quality of life. Families with loved ones suffering from OCD often feel the burden as well. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100914/CG64058LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100914/CG64058LOGO) "Many individuals with OCD...

2010-10-04 23:22:53

Using electrodes to stimulate areas deep within the brain may have therapeutic potential for patients with obsessive compulsive disorder that is refractory to treatment, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disorder characterized by persistent thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive ritualistic behaviors (compulsions)," the authors write as background information in...

2010-09-29 07:54:00

CHICAGO, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Anxiety Disorder Association of America recently explained that: Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting children and adults, and they are one of the most common mental health problems on college campuses. Of the 40 million adults in the U.S. who suffer from an anxiety disorder, 75 percent of them experienced their first episode by age 22. Only about one-third of all those suffering receive treatment, even though these...

2010-09-10 14:13:30

Pediatric-onset obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette's disorder (TD) share similarities in their underlying genetic and environmental factors, psychiatric features, and treatment methods. Advances in understanding the neurobiological basis of these disorders and discovering new and more effective therapies are highlighted in a special issue on OCD and TD in Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc....


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