OCD News

Neuroscience to Explain Psychotherapy Modus Operandi

July 21st, 2014
Despite tremendous advances in psychological care, researchers are still uncertain as to the mechanism by which psychotherapy influences the brain and improves a person’s condition. This knowledge gap may narrowing as a new study by University of California, Los Angeles ...

Study Probes Brain Regions Tied to Compulsive Actions

May 30th, 2014
Study Probes Brain Regions Tied to Compulsive ActionsEmerging research suggests people with extreme cases of compulsive actions typically have fewer nerve cells in brain regions associated with keeping track of goals and rewards. Conditions related ...

Researchers Find Genetic Marker Linked to OCD

May 17th, 2014
Researchers Find Genetic Marker Linked to OCDA genetic marker linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been identified in a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers who published their findings in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. “If this ...

Short OCD Quiz May Spot Anxiety and Depression

May 14th, 2014
Short OCD Quiz May Spot Anxiety and Depression Emerging research suggests a shortened version of a questionnaire used by psychologists to assess risk factors for obsessive-compulsive disorder also may help determine the risk of ...

Family-Based Therapy Found to Help Young Children With OCD

May 6th, 2014
Family-Based Therapy Found to Help Young Children With OCDA new study has found that family-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is beneficial for children between the ages of five and eight with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The study, ...

Brain Stimulation May Help Ease OCD Symptoms By Impacting Dopamine

May 1st, 2014
Brain Stimulation May Help Ease OCD Symptoms By Impacting Dopamine New research from the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam suggests that release of the neurotransmitter dopamine is increased in obsessive-compulsive disorder ...

Partner Abuse Ups Postpartum Mental Health Issues

April 29th, 2014
Partner Abuse Ups Postpartum Mental Health IssuesNew research links a history of intimate partner abuse to postpartum mental health problems and suggests providers should heighten monitoring of new mothers. Investigators examined associations of psychological, physical, ...

Domestic Abuse of New Mothers = Mental Health Problems

April 15th, 2014
Domestic Abuse of New Mothers = Mental Health ProblemsEmerging research links domestic abuse to postpartum mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in mothers. Investigators also found that specific types of abuse ...

Can Bad Habits Foster OCD?

April 11th, 2014
Can Bad Habits Foster OCD? Emerging research on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) suggests that a tendency to develop habits -- the compulsive component of the disorder -- may be a central feature of the disorder, ...

Study Finds Most People Have Obsessive Behaviors or Thoughts

April 9th, 2014
Study Finds Most People Have Obsessive Behaviors or Thoughts A new study finds that most people experience unwanted, intrusive thoughts, and that the behaviors are not isolated to people diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In ...