Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Heart Rate, BP in Male Teens Linked to Risk for Psych Disorders

Heart Rate, BP in Male Teens Linked to Risk for Psych Disorders

Indicators of schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety might be spotted in physical symptoms at age 18.

Brief OCD Screener Effective for Use in Children of Various Ages

Brief OCD Screener Effective for Use in Children of Various Ages

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Analysis revealed that the brief OCD screener predicted OCD with an accuracy rate of higher than 90%.

Various Perinatal Factors Increase OCD Risk

Various Perinatal Factors Increase OCD Risk

Despite intense research efforts and recent advances in understanding the condition, the exact etiology of OCD remains largely undefined.

Cigarette Smoking During Pregnancy Associated With Tourette Syndrome in Offspring

Cigarette Smoking During Pregnancy Associated With Tourette Syndrome in Offspring

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Maternal tobacco smoking during pregnancy has previously been linked with numerous long-term neurodevelopmental abnormalities and child behavioral problems.

Emerging Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Emerging Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Several promising novel treatment options exist for those with OCD.

New Research Sheds Light on Brain Organization in Anorexia, Body Dysmorphic Disorder

New Research Sheds Light on Brain Organization in Anorexia, Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Investigators identified abnormal modularity patterns in the brain in individuals with anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder.

Meta-Analysis: Combination Therapy Most Effective in Adult OCD

Meta-Analysis: Combination Therapy Most Effective in Adult OCD

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The combination of behavioral and cognitive therapy approaches with medications is likely the most effective intervention for adults diagnosed with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

ADHD and OCD Individuals Differ in Brain Structure and Function

ADHD and OCD Individuals Differ in Brain Structure and Function

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Neuropsychological findings indicate that similar executive functions are affected in ADHD and OCD, but new neuroimaging data indicate differences exist in brain structure and function.

D-cycloserine Not Effective as an Augmentation Strategy for CBT in Pediatric OCD

D-cycloserine Not Effective as an Augmentation Strategy for CBT in Pediatric OCD

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Some of the strategies to improve memory extinction aim at plasticity pathways in the brain with the use of NMDA receptor-modulating drugs, such as D-cycloserine.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Distorted Lens

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Distorted Lens

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The behaviors associated with body dysmorphic disorder diminish quality of life and create tremendous interference.

Certain Psychiatric Symptoms May Predispose People to Addictive Social Media or Video Game Use

Certain Psychiatric Symptoms May Predispose People to Addictive Social Media or Video Game Use

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Both ADHD and OCD were positively associated with addictive use of video games and of social media.

Advanced Maternal Age Associated With Increased Odds of OCD in Offspring

Advanced Maternal Age Associated With Increased Odds of OCD in Offspring

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There is a greater risk of OCD in children born to older mothers but not older fathers.

Likely Connection Between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Gut Microbiome

Likely Connection Between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Gut Microbiome

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Lower abundance and diversity of microbial populations have been identified in individuals with obsessive compulsive behavior.

Mucus Loosening Med N-acetylcysteine May Be Effective for OCD

Mucus Loosening Med N-acetylcysteine May Be Effective for OCD

Studied as augmentative agent to fluvoxamine in moderate-to-severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

High Rate Of Spouses Who Share Psychiatric Disorders

High Rate Of Spouses Who Share Psychiatric Disorders

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The research represents the first general population study of assortative mating in psychiatric disorders.

Effective Therapies for Trichotillomania

Effective Therapies for Trichotillomania

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Researchers found significant improvements in hair-pulling symptoms with both "decoupling" and progressive muscle relaxation.

OCD Patients Who Fail on Meds Helped By Exposure Therapy

OCD Patients Who Fail on Meds Helped By Exposure Therapy

By the end of the exposure and response prevention therapy treatment, more than half of the patients with OCD were considered excellent responders.

Managing Trichotillomania: A Coordinated Approach to Compulsive Hair Pulling

Managing Trichotillomania: A Coordinated Approach to Compulsive Hair Pulling

Effective approaches are available to help individuals suffering with this often misunderstood condition.

Managing Hoarding Disorder

Managing Hoarding Disorder

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A form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding is characterized by a fear of making mistakes in what to keep or discard similar to "obsessions," while urges to save or acquire new items seem similar to "compulsions."

Brain Scan Can Identify OCD Patients Best Suited for CBT

Brain Scan Can Identify OCD Patients Best Suited for CBT

Patients with more efficient brain network connectivity had worse long-term outcomes after cognitive-behavioral therapy.

The Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Treating OCD

The Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Treating OCD

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Exposure and response prevention is considered the first-line CBT therapy for those with OCD.

Two Studies Find Link Between Cat Ownership and Schizophrenia

Two Studies Find Link Between Cat Ownership and Schizophrenia

The studies argue that people who become infected with a parasite found in cat feces, Toxoplasma gondii, have a higher risk of developing schizophrenia.

Metacognitive Therapy Could Benefit Wide Range of Mental Illnesses

Metacognitive Therapy Could Benefit Wide Range of Mental Illnesses

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Targeting dysfunctional beliefs patients hold about thoughts could help treat depression, anxiety, and OCD.

A Primer on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

A Primer on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Despite advances in understanding OCD, it remains one of the toughest psychiatric disorders to diagnose and treat.

When Searching for Medical Information Becomes An Unhealthy Obsession

When Searching for Medical Information Becomes An Unhealthy Obsession

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Anxious patients suffering from cyberchondria can often be treated through cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Mobile Mental Health Apps: Rebooting Clinical Practice?

Mobile Mental Health Apps: Rebooting Clinical Practice?

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Although the number of apps for mental health is steadily growing, many of them have not been clinically validated for effectiveness.

Biofeedback Can Help Improve Symptoms of Mental Disorders

Biofeedback Can Help Improve Symptoms of Mental Disorders

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Patients can learn how to influence physiological responses, which can help alleviate psychiatric symptoms.

Orthorexia: Obsession With Healthy Eating Becomes a Disorder

Orthorexia: Obsession With Healthy Eating Becomes a Disorder

Although not officially recognized by the APA, cases of orthorexia are on the rise.

Brain-Matter Loss Common In Many Psychiatric Conditions

Brain-Matter Loss Common In Many Psychiatric Conditions

Findings call into question tendency to classify psychiatric disorders by their symptoms rather than underlying brain pathology.

FDA Approves ADHD Drug For Binge-Eating Disorder

FDA Approves ADHD Drug For Binge-Eating Disorder

Patients taking Vyvanse experienced a decrease in the number of binge eating days per week.

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