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New genetic findings add to understanding of OCD
Obsessive-compulsive disorder tends to run in families, but scientists are still working to understand how and why. Now, new research is shedding light on one of the genetic factors that may contribute to that pattern. And while no one gene (2006-07-26)

Facial expressions have greater impact on kids with bipolar disorder
Children with bipolar disorder respond differently to facial expressions than typically developing children without psychiatric disorders, according to a new study led by a Bradley Hospital researcher. (2007-11-26)

Kids with OCD bullied more than others, study shows
More than one-quarter of the children with OCD who researchers studied reported chronic bullying as a problem, according to University of Florida researchers. The name-slinging could cause symptoms of OCD to worsen. (2006-08-14)

Antibodies could provide new treatment for OCD
Mental health conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder could be treated in a new way using drugs that target the immune system, research suggests. (2020-04-21)

Unwanted behaviour in dogs is common, with great variance between breeds
All dog breeds have unwanted behaviour, such as noise sensitivity, aggressiveness and separation anxiety, but differences in frequency between breeds are great. Various unwanted behaviour traits often occur simultaneously, as indicated by a study recently completed by Professor Hannes Lohi's research group from the University of Helsinki. (2020-03-06)

Army personnel most at risk for violent suicide
A study of rates and predictors of suicide among active duty enlisted service members found that Army personnel were most at risk for violent suicide. Firearms were determined to be the primary cause of suicide death across all branches of service. The findings are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. (2016-06-06)

New Tourette disorder genes come to light
In the largest DNA sequencing study of Tourette Disorder (TD) to date, UC San Francisco researchers and their collaborators have unearthed new data suggesting a potential role for disruptions in cell polarity in the development of this condition. (2018-09-25)

Which OCD treatment works best? New brain study could lead to more personalized choices
New research could improve the odds that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder will receive a therapy that really works for them - something that eludes more than a third of those who currently get OCD treatment. The study suggests the possibility of predicting which of two types of therapy will help people with OCD: One that exposes them to the subject of their obsessive thoughts and behaviors, or one that focuses on stress reduction and problem-solving. (2020-08-28)

Cause of obsessive-compulsive disorder discovered
An overactive molecular signal pathway in the brain region of the amygdala can lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder. A research team from W├╝rzburg has established this connection. (2017-03-16)

Young children with OCD benefit from family-based treatment
Although children as young as 5 can be diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, few research studies have looked at treatments specifically geared toward young children with this disorder. Now, a new study from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center provides some of the first evidence-based data on a successful intervention for early childhood OCD. (2008-05-15)

Creating brain cells to detect Tourette's
Scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick are the first to use a genetic engineering which led to a Nobel Prize in 2012 for the Japanese and British scientists who discovered it to create brain cells from the blood cells of individuals in a three-generation family with Tourette's syndrome to help determine what causes the disease. (2017-09-25)

Elevated rate of autism symptoms found in children with Tourette syndrome
Around one in five children with Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements and vocalizations, met criteria for autism in a study headed by UC San Francisco. But this prevalence may be more a reflection of similarity in symptoms than actual autism, according to the study's researchers. (2017-06-22)

Mayo Clinic Proceedings reviews deep brain stimulation to treat psychiatric diseases
Pioneering therapeutic trials to investigate the effectiveness of deep brain stimulation in hard-to-treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome are underway at multiple medical centers around the world, according to a review in the June 2009 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. (2009-06-29)

Traffic light in the brain
A research group offers new insights into the roles of different subareas in the prefrontal cortex. (2017-02-10)

Common neural circuit and potential target for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder
Anxiety disorders are the most frequent comorbid conditions with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Yet the shared neural substrates and the common effective therapeutic target remain unknown. Scientists at School of Life Sciences, Nanjing University dissect a common glutamatergic neuronal circuit, from the prelimbic prefrontal cortex (PrL) to the nucleus accumbens (NAc) core, involved in both anxiety- and obsessive-compulsive-like behaviors. Targeting histamine H3 heteroreceptor in the terminals of glutamatergic PrL-NAc core projections improves stress-induced anxiety- and obsessive-compulsive-like behaviors. (2020-12-02)

Canine compulsive disorder gene identified
A collaboration between the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and the Broad Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has identified a genetic locus on canine chromosome 7 which coincides with an increased risk of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) susceptibility. The findings suggest that particular genetic proteins may possibly influence central nervous system development and increase the risk of OCD. (2010-01-07)

Advances in deep brain stimulation could lead to new treatments
A new paper published in Nature Reviews Neurology suggests that recent advances in deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson disease could lead to treatments for conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Gilles de la Tourette syndrome and depression. The authors of the paper argue that bi-directional electrodes which can both stimulate and record from deep brain structures -- known as closed-loop DBS -- could have applications beyond Parkinson disease. (2019-04-08)

Battery icons shape perceptions of time and space and define user identities
Research from Cass Business School finds battery icons on mobile phones shape how people view time and space, and how battery conservation practices define user identities. (2019-09-12)

Cannabis reduces OCD symptoms by half in the short-term
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) report that the severity of symptoms was reduced by about half within four hours of smoking cannabis. After smoking cannabis, users with OCD reported it reduced their compulsions by 60%, intrusions, or unwanted thoughts, by 49% and anxiety by 52%. The study also found that higher doses and cannabis with higher concentrations of CBD were associated with larger reductions in compulsions. (2020-10-20)

CAMH researchers discover brain inflammation in people with OCD
A new brain imaging study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto shows for the first time that brain inflammation is significantly elevated -- more than 30 per cent higher -- in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) than in people without the condition. Published today in JAMA Psychiatry, the study provides compelling evidence for a new potential direction for treating this anxiety disorder, which can be debilitating for people who experience it. (2017-06-21)

Most people don't know the difference between OCD and OCPD
The general public has trouble understanding differences between obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), according to new research from Binghamton University, State University at New York. (2018-10-15)

Multitasking hunger neurons also control compulsive behaviors
In the absence of food, neurons that normally control appetite initiate complex, repetitive behaviors seen in obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anorexia nervosa, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers. (2015-03-05)

Workaholism tied to psychiatric disorders
A national study shows that workaholics score higher on psychiatric symptoms like ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and depression than non-workaholics. (2016-05-25)

JNeurosci: Highlights from the March 15 issue
Check out these newsworthy studies from the March 15, 2017, issue of JNeurosci. Media interested in obtaining the full text of the studies should contact media@sfn.org. (2017-03-17)

Benefits of antidepressants appear greater than risks for children, teens
A review of previous studies indicates that the benefits of antidepressants for children and teens with depression or anxiety disorders may outweigh their risks, and that the increased risk for suicidal thoughts and attempts from using these medications is not statistically significant, according to an article in the April 18 issue of JAMA. (2007-04-17)

Weight concerns more impairing for those with Body dysmorphic disorder
In a new study on Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) -- a distressing or impairing preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in one's appearance -- researchers from Bradley Hospital and Brown Medical School found that individuals who are concerned about their weight are more impaired than those whose appearance-concerns are not weight-related. This is particularly important, as weight-related preoccupations have at times not been considered diagnostic of BDD. (2007-01-10)

Altered Gene Increases Men's Risk For Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Possessing an altered form of a gene involved in communication between the brain's nerve cells may put certain men at greater risk of developing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), report Rockefeller University scientists. This is the first susceptibility gene isolated for OCD, which affects 1 to 3 percent of the U.S. population (1997-04-29)

Scientists discover link between unique brain cells and OCD and anxiety
In a new study, University of Utah scientists discovered a new lineage of specialized brain cells, called Hoxb8-lineage microglia, and established a link between the lineage and OCD and anxiety in mice. Their experiments proved that Hoxb8-lineage microglia prevent mice from displaying OCD behaviors. Additionally, they found that female sex hormones caused more severe OCD behaviors and induced added anxiety in the mice. (2019-10-22)

A stimulating approach to the treatment of diabetes
Scientists have discovered that electric stimulation of the brain regulated the metabolism of blood sugar (or glucose) and increased insulin sensitivity in a small patient group. (2018-05-23)

Patients with OCD have difficulty learning when a stimulus is safe
People who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are poorer at learning about the safety of a stimulus than healthy volunteers, which may contribute to their struggles to overcome compulsive behavior, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. (2017-03-06)

Excellent long-term stability of treatment gains of stepwise treatment for pediatric OCD
A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), published by Elsevier, reports that the long-term stability of treatment gains for children and adolescents diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), participating in a stepwise manualized treatment, is excellent. (2020-02-27)

Cognitive behavioral therapy combined with antidepressant effective in treating adolescent OCD
According to current epidemiological data, approximately 1 in 200 young people suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD can cripple their lives, disrupt their learning, and drive a wedge through their families. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researchers, and a team of researchers from Duke University Medical Center, have developed a scientifically conclusive treatment combination - using Cognitive Behavior Therapy and commonly prescribed anti-depressant medication - to help pediatric patients overcome OCD. (2004-10-27)

Expert recommendations for diagnosing pediatric acute onset neuropsychiatric syndrome
A panel of leading clinicians and researchers across various general and specialty pediatric fields developed a consensus statement recommending how to evaluate youngsters in whom neuropsychiatric symptoms suddenly develop, including the abrupt, dramatic onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder. This difficult diagnosis is typically made by pediatricians or other primary care clinicians and child psychiatrists, who will benefit from the guidance provided in the recommendations published in Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. (2014-10-22)

Psychologists develop first adult self-assessment for repetitive behaviors in autism
Psychologists from Cardiff University have developed the first self-assessment test designed to help clinicians diagnose autism in adults. (2015-08-06)

Children of both young and old parents share risk for certain neurodevelopment disorders
Results of a new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), published by Elsevier, reports that parental age is linked to the risk for the development of neuropsychiatric disorders in children, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD); attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); and Tourette's disorder/chronic tic disorder (TD/CT). (2019-05-21)

Penn study: Adults with OCD can benefit from exposure therapy when common drug treatment options fail
Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder can improve their symptoms significantly by adding exposure and response prevention therapy to their treatment regimen when common drug treatment options have failed, according to new research from psychiatrists at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. (2015-11-11)

What Makes Tics Tick? Clues Found In Tourette Twins' Caudates
For the first time, scientists have a neurobiological explanation for the variation in severity of tics in Tourette Syndrome. Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health have traced such symptom differences to (1996-09-03)

Being too harsh on yourself could lead to OCD and anxiety
A new study has found that people who reported intense feelings of responsibility were susceptible to developing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) was published in the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. (2019-04-25)

OCD patients' brains light up to reveal how compulsive habits develop
Misfiring of the brain's control system might underpin compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge, writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry. (2014-12-19)

NARSAD announces $12.6 million for new generation of brain and behavior research
The Brain and Behavior Research Fund awards $12.6 million in new research grants, strengthening its investment in the most promising ideas to lead to breakthroughs in understanding and treating mental illness. (2011-01-06)

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