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Psychiatric disorders share an underlying genetic basis
In a new international collaboration, researchers explored the genetic connections between brain disorders at a scale far eclipsing previous work on the subject. The team determined that psychiatric disorders share many genetic variants, while neurological disorders (such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's) appear more distinct. The results indicate that psychiatric disorders likely have important similarities at a molecular level, which current diagnostic categories do not reflect. (2018-06-21)

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)

People with OCD process emotions differently than their unaffected siblings
A new study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging reports that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) feel more distress when viewing images to provoke OCD-related emotions than their unaffected siblings. Although the unaffected siblings showed lower levels of distress, they had higher levels of brain activity in regions important for attention. The findings suggest that the family members may draw on additional brain resources to compensate for potential abnormalities in emotion regulation. (2018-05-09)

Understanding fear of guilt key in better treating OCD
Advances in our understanding of the development and persistence of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) have the potential to improve treatment according to a new study by the University of Waterloo. (2018-05-02)

Which skills will help patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex psychological condition, and those who suffer from it experience severe reduction in their quality of life. A new study in Springer's journal Cognitive Therapy and Research now shows that OCD sufferers need to adopt adaptive coping skills rather than the maladaptive strategies often used such as repetitive, compulsive actions or creating emotional distance from a situation, in order to effectively manage their condition. (2018-03-16)

In pursuit of pleasure, brain learns to hit the repeat button
In a scientific first, researchers have observed in mice how the brain learns to repeat patterns of neural activity that elicit the all-important feel-good sensation. This research offers key insights into how brain activity is shaped and refined as animals learn to repeat behaviors that evoke a feeling of pleasure. The findings also point to new strategies for targeting disorders characterized by abnormal repetitive behaviors, such as addiction and OCD. (2018-03-01)

Study of learning and memory problems in OCD helps young people unlock potential at school
Adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have widespread learning and memory problems, according to research published today. The findings have already been used to assist adolescents with OCD obtain the help they needed at school to realize their potential -- including helping one individual go on to university. (2018-01-21)

The fear of losing control and its role in anxiety disorders
Did you lock the front door? Did you double-check? Are you sure? If this sounds familiar, perhaps you can relate to people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Help may be on the way. New Concordia research sheds light on how the fear of losing control over thoughts and actions impacts OCD-related behavior, including checking. (2017-12-13)

Cognitive behavioural therapy for children and adolescents with OCD works in the long run
The vast majority of children and adolescents who receive cognitive behavioural therapy treatment for OCD thrive and live without symptoms a year after the end of treatment. This is shown by new research from Aarhus University's Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Risskov. (2017-11-14)

In people with OCD, actions are at odds with beliefs
The repeated behaviors that characterize obsessive-compulsive disorder are a manifestation of an underlying brain dysfunction that is not yet well understood. Now, in a study in Neuron, scientists in the UK report the use of a mathematical model that they say will help them get at the root of what causes OCD. They find that people with OCD develop an internal, accurate sense of how things work but do not use it to guide behavior. (2017-09-28)

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)

Myth Debunked that OCD Is Associated With Superior Intelligence
The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of all the available literature on IQ in OCD samples versus non-psychiatric controls (98 studies), and found that contrary to the prevailing myth, OCD is not associated with superior IQ, but with normative IQ that is slightly lower compared to control samples. The authors suggested that the small reduction in IQ scores in OCD sufferers may be largely attributed to OCD-related slowness and not to intellectual ability. (2017-09-18)

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)

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)

First randomized controlled trial of DBS for chronic pain shows promise
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the ventral striatum/anterior limb of the internal capsule is safe and feasible in addressing the affective component of pain in patients with post-stroke pain syndrome. Cleveland Clinic investigators reported findings from the first prospective, randomized, controlled trial of DBS for neuropathic pain in a presentation at the 2017 annual scientific meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. The study was also published in the May 2017 issue of Annals of Neurology. (2017-06-20)

People who go to bed late have less control over OCD symptoms
A late bedtime is associated with lower perceived control of obsessive thoughts, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2017-06-20)

Region in brain found to be associated with fear of uncertain future
People who struggle to cope with uncertainty or the ambiguity of potential future threats may have an unusually large striatum, an area of the brain already associated with general anxiety disorder, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (2017-05-18)

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 (2017-03-17)

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)

Hard choices? Ask your brain's dopamine
Salk researchers learn how dopamine governs ongoing decisions, yielding insights into Parkinson's, drug addiction. (2017-03-09)

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)

OCD-like behavior linked to genetic mutation
A new Northwestern Medicine study found evidence suggesting how neural dysfunction in a certain region of the brain can lead to obsessive and repetitive behaviors much like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). (2017-02-22)

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

Scientists explore how nutrition may feed mental health
Good nutrition has long been viewed as a cornerstone of physical health, but research is increasingly showing diet's effect on mental health, as well. A special section in Clinical Psychological Science highlights the different approaches that psychology researchers are taking to understand the many ways in which nutrition and mental health intersect. (2016-11-17)

Heart rate, blood pressure in male teens associated with later risk for psychiatric disorders
Higher resting heart rate and higher blood pressure in late adolescence were associated with an increased risk in men for the subsequent development of obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders, according to a new article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (2016-10-26)

Eating disorder gene alters feeding and behavior in female mice
Giving mice a gene mutation linked to eating disorders in people causes feeding and behavior abnormalities similar to symptoms often seen in patients with eating disorders. Only female mice are affected by the gene mutation, and some of the abnormalities in the female mice depend on whether they are housed alone or together with other mice. (2016-10-13)

Hebrew University study reveals a biological link between stress and obesity
For the first time researchers revealed a connection between anxiety and metabolic disorders at the molecular level; the discovery opens new possibilities for detecting and treating both symptoms. (2016-10-05)

Perinatal risk factors linked with higher risk of obsessive compulsive disorder
A range of perinatal factors appear to be associated with higher risk for children later developing obsessive compulsive disorder, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (2016-10-05)

Maternal smoking could lead to an increased risk for Tourette syndrome and tic disorders
A study published in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found an association between maternal smoking during pregnancy and an increased risk for Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders. The link seems especially strong for complex presentations of Tourette syndrome in which two or more psychiatric disorders are present. (2016-09-07)

Common brain changes found in children with autism, ADHD and OCD
A team of Toronto scientists has found similarities in brain impairments in children with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. The study, published this month in the American Journal of Psychiatry, involved brain imaging of white matter in 200 children. (2016-07-27)

Should I stay or should I go?
What makes people incapable of controlling their most everyday voluntary motions -- and in some cases, their thoughts -- thus enslaving them in endless repetition of the same action, or in endless change from one action to another? (2016-07-21)

Study points to fast-acting drug for OCD
A single brain receptor is responsible for a range of symptoms in mice that are reminiscent of obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to a Duke University study appearing in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The findings suggest that OCD and other psychiatric disorders could be amenable to treatment using a class of drugs that is already being investigated in clinical trials. (2016-07-15)

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)

Women and people under the age of 35 at greatest risk of anxiety
Women are almost twice as likely to experience anxiety as men, according to a review of existing scientific literature, led by the University of Cambridge. The study also found that people from Western Europe and North America are more likely to suffer from anxiety than people from other cultures. (2016-06-05)

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)

How to calm an anxious mind
Anxiety disorders and related problems such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are among the most common mental health conditions. At least one in four Canadians will have an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. (2016-05-18)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder symptoms improve, relapse preventable with sustained medication
People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) fare better and are less likely to relapse when treated with medication on a long-term basis, according to researchers at Rhode Island Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. (2016-04-08)

Newly found genomic causes of severe compulsiveness in dogs could aid study of human OCD
Research led by investigators in veterinary and human medicine has identified genetic pathways that exacerbate severity of canine compulsive disorder in Doberman pinschers, a discovery that could lead to better therapies for obsessive compulsive disorder in people. The discovery appears online in advance of print on Feb. 29, 2016, in the International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine. (2016-02-26)

AAOS releases criteria for treating pediatric patients with knee osteochondritis dissecans
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons today released Appropriate Use Criteria to assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of pediatric patients with osteochondritis dissecans of the femoral condyle, also known as OCD knee. (2015-12-09)

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)

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