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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Obsessive compulsive symptoms in youth may a red flag for other psychological issues
Engaging in repetitive and ritualistic behaviors is part of typical child development. However, behaviors that develop into obsessive and compulsive symptoms may represent a red flag for serious psychiatric conditions. (2019-01-04)

New research raises important questions on how mental illness is currently diagnosed
This research raises questions as to whether current diagnoses accurately reflect the underlying neurobiology of mental illness. The findings, just published in the leading peer-reviewed medical journal, JAMA Psychiatry, highlight the need for more individualised approaches to defining mental illness. (2019-10-09)

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)

Living in areas with less sun may increase your risk of OCD
Living at higher latitudes, where there is also less sunlight, could result in a higher prevalence rate of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2018-07-10)

Harmonization of resting-state functional MRI data across multiple imaging sites
Harmonization method developed to reduce site-related differences between neuroimaging data from individual imaging sites and publicly released big data of multiple psychiatric disorders from many imaging sites. (2019-04-18)

Brain researchers seek 'fingerprints' of severe mental diseases
McLean Hospital investigates brain network connectivity in patients with psychotic disorders. (2019-05-13)

Deep stimulation improves cognitive control by augmenting brain rhythms
Team's findings could provide neurosurgeons and psychiatrists with the reliable, objective and rapid feedback they've needed to properly fine-tune the placement and 'dosage' of DBS electrical stimulation when seeking to treat psychiatric disorders. (2019-04-04)

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)

Brain training app helps reduce OCD symptoms, study finds
A 'brain training' app developed at the University of Cambridge could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) manage their symptoms, which may typically include excessive handwashing and contamination fears. (2018-10-23)

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)

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)

Deep magnet stimulation shown to improve symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder
Researchers have found that focusing powerful non-invasive magnet stimulation on a specific brain area can improve the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This opens the way to treat the large minority of sufferers who do not respond to conventional treatment. The work is presented at the ECNP Conference in Copenhagen. (2019-09-07)

A gentle method for unlocking the mysteries of the deep brain
Serious diseases are directly linked to the subcortical areas of the brain. Existing treatments for regulating and measuring the activity of the subcortical areas are highly invasive. Researchers from UNIGE decided to see whether a noninvasive method -- electroencephalography -- could be employed in tandem with mathematical algorithms to measure this brain activity externally. They proved for the first time that this technique is able to record signals usually only seen by implanting electrodes in the brain. (2019-02-27)

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)

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)

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)

Researchers identify OCD risk gene
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) have identified a previously unknown gene variant that doubles an individual's risk for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The new functional variant, or allele, is a component of the serotonin transporter gene (SERT), site of action for the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that are today's mainstay medications for OCD, other anxiety disorders, and depression. (2006-03-29)

Stuck in a loop of wrongness: Brain study shows roots of OCD
No one knows what drives people with obsessive-compulsive disorder to do what they do, even when they're aware that they shouldn't do it, and when it interferes with normal life. That lack of understanding means about half can't find effective treatment. But a new analysis of brain scans from hundreds of people with OCD, and people without it, may help. Larger than previous studies, it pinpoints brain areas and processes linked to OCD's repetitive behaviors. (2018-11-29)

Between 16 and 18% of preadolescents have ideas of suicide
Thinking of taking one's own life (ideation), planning it, threatening to do it or even attempting to do it is regarded as suicidal behaviour. Committing suicide has occurred to 16-18% of the preadolescent boys and girls who took part in a study carried out by the research group Nutrition and Mental Health (Nutrisam) of the URV, who aimed to assess the frequency with which this occurred and the main causes. (2019-07-11)

Presence of hoarding symptoms does not negatively impact CBT response in youth with OCD
Hoarding can often be a debilitating problem for adults and is often associated with poorer mental health functioning and response to treatment. For children however, that may not be the case. A new study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP), published by Elsevier, reveals that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be successful for youth with hoarding symptoms. (2019-07-23)

Scientists identify alterations of neuronal connectivity in the cortex in OCD patients
Scientists identify alterations of neuronal connectivity distributed throughout different regions of the cerebral cortex in obsessive-compulsive disorder. This fact could explain the presence of intrusive thoughts in this patient population as a result of inefficient sensory filtering. (2019-02-27)

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)

Wrong type of help from parents could worsen child's OCD
Soothing anxiety and helping with behaviors linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder could lead to more severe symptoms in children. (2009-06-17)

Researchers iron out new role for serotonin
Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have found a surprising link between brain iron levels and serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in neuropsychiatric conditions ranging from autism to major depression. Appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, the study by Randy Blakely, Ph.D., and colleagues also demonstrates the utility of a powerful in silico approach for discovering novel traits linked to subtle genetic variation. (2009-01-27)

COVID-19 triggers OCD in children and young people
Many children and young people with obsessive thoughts and compulsions experience that their OCD, anxiety and depressive symptoms worsen during a crisis such as COVID-19. This is shown by a new research result from Aarhus University and the Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Central Denmark Region. The findings have been published in BMC Psychiatry. (2020-11-09)

University of Cincinnati research looks at side effects for pediatric medications
Dr. Jeffrey Strawn, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Jeffrey Mills, associate professor in the Department of Economics at the UC Lindner College of Business, published a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry looking specifically at side effects that impact children and adolescents being treated for anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). (2019-12-10)

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)

People with mental disorders more likely to have experienced domestic violence
Men and women with mental health disorders, across all diagnoses, are more likely to have experienced domestic violence than the general population, according to new research from King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, in collaboration with the University of Bristol. (2012-12-26)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder research needs more focus on patients, new study asserts
In a review of recent literature on obsessive-compulsive disorder, researcher/practitioner Professor Adam Radomsky writes that cognitive science is becoming further and further removed from the people those studies are supposed to help: OCD patients and the therapists who treat them. (2019-05-23)

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)

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)

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)

UBC research offers new hope for people crippled by obsessive, repugnant thoughts
Imagine being tortured by repeated thoughts of stabbing your child or having sex with your minister - thoughts that won't go away no matter how hard you try to suppress them. In the largest study of its kind ever conducted in North America, University of British Columbia researchers will spend four years treating 120 people suffering from this disorder, previously thought to be untreatable. (2003-02-12)

Can cannabinoids help treat obsessive-compulsive disorder?
The body's endocannabinoid system, due to the critical role it plays in regulating neurotransmitter signaling, is an enticing target for drug development against disorders associated with anxiety, stress, and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A comprehensive new review article that provides an overview of this complex system, endogenous and exogenous cannabinoids, results of animal studies and human trials to date, and recommendations for future directions is published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. (2019-05-31)

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