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2008-08-12 00:00:43

The Washington County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will start a 12-week series of classes for families of persons diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. The first session will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the North Strabane Municipal Building on Route 519. The course will cover information about schizophrenia, mood disorders, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder; coping skills; basic information about medications; listening and communication...

2008-07-27 18:00:18

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A DISORDER? According to Dr Pauc, disorders tend to fall into five areas . . . dyslexia, dyspraxia, attention-deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette's syndrome and autism. He said: "If you're really struggling to read, then you could have dyslexia. Those with dyspraxia might find that they're very clumsy. And people suffering from ADD will tend to have a history of impulsive behaviour, an inability to keep still and being constantly in...

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2008-07-21 07:18:53

Researchers at Cambridge University in Britain have found that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as their close relatives, show less activity in a particular part of their brain compared to those without the condition.   identified differences in the way brains of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) work. The scientists found that brain scans of those with OCD, as well as their close relatives, revealed less activity in a particular part of...

2008-06-16 12:00:11

The majority of newly diagnosed patients who are prescribed medications for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) receive inadequate dose and/or duration of drug treatment, according to a study conducted by BioMedEcon, a leading provider of health economics and outcomes research. The study, which was supported by Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc., was based on a nine-year retrospective claims analysis that assessed the adequacy of medication treatment among Medicaid-enrolled adults who were newly...

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2008-05-28 00:00:00

A New York researcher has pinpointed for the first time brain regions in children with autism linked to "ritualistic repetitive behavior," the insatiable desire to rock back and forth for hours or tirelessly march in place. Collaborating with investigators at Duke University and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Dr. Keith Shafritz, an assistant professor of psychology at Hofstra University, unmasked brain regions in children with autism typified by reduced neural activity. In...

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2008-04-12 06:00:00

For a half-century, D-cycloserine has led a quiet, workmanlike existence as an antibiotic, primarily for tuberculosis in developing countries. Its patent has long since expired, and its popularity has waned as newer antibiotics have appeared. But D-cycloserine might now get a second act: A growing number of researchers say the drug could transform the way doctors treat a range of psychiatric ailments, including anxiety, phobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It could also help alleviate...

2007-05-11 06:00:28

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Rick Shocket sits on the floor of his Cary, N.C., bedroom, absorbed in building his latest Lego Bionicles creature. His concentration is interrupted by soft, hiccuplike squeaks that periodically escape his throat _ the only hint that he is anything other than a typical 9-year-old boy. Rick has Tourette's syndrome. A year ago, he could hardly cross a room. With nearly every step, he felt compelled to do a deep knee bend _ a strange dance that left him frustrated and...

2007-03-15 09:01:16

By Mike Snyder, Houston Chronicle Mar. 15--Elizabeth McIngvale knew something was up when her sister stayed home from school and her entire family gathered for breakfast one morning five years ago. "We never do that," McIngvale, 20, recalled. "My dad works every day." Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Furniture and the Westside Tennis Club, told his daughter a car was waiting outside to take her to the airport. Resisting her protests, he said she must go to the...

2006-08-10 10:27:33

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study suggests that behavioral therapy plus medication is the most effective approach to treating trichotillomania, a psychiatric disorder characterized by obsessive hair pulling. "The ultimate take-home message is that the combination is better than either one alone," Dr. Darin D. Dougherty of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the study's lead author, told Reuters Health. Trichotillomania is related to obsessive-compulsive...

2006-06-26 14:35:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who smoke during pregnancy appear to have a very strong risk of having a child with severe symptoms of Tourette's syndrome and the risk of having obsessive-compulsive disorder is also increased in these children. Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder that develops in childhood or adolescence in which patients have involuntary tics involving sudden movements or vocalizations that are rapidly repeated. The symptoms usually occur several times a day,...


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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
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