OCD News

Brain Imaging Shows Overactive Habit System in OCD

December 20th, 2014
A new study has found that misfiring of the brain’s habit control system may be behind the compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The study, led by Dr. Claire Gillan and Professor Trevor Robbins of the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, ...

Family-Based Therapy Preferred for Teen Anorexia

September 28th, 2014
A new study shows that family-based therapies are twice as effective as individual therapy at combating anorexia nervosa in teenagers. The study, which compares two different family-based therapies, adds to a growing body of evidence supporting the value of parents' involvement in anorexia ...

Deep Brain Stimulation for Some OCD Patients OK’d in New Guidelines

September 23rd, 2014
New clinical practice guidelines recommend two specific deep brain stimulation (DBS) techniques for some patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who fail to respond to other treatments. The guidelines for bilateral DBS, which were found to reduce symptoms by nearly one-third, are endorsed by the American Association of ...

OCD Patients & Their Kids at Greater Risk of Schizophrenia

September 7th, 2014
Individuals diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) -- and even the children of those with OCD -- are at significantly greater risk for developing schizophrenia and schizophrenia spectrum disorders later in life, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Although OCD and ...

How You Think of God Impacts Prayer’s Effect on Mental Health

August 14th, 2014
New research suggests that individual expectations appear to influence how prayer impacts mental health. For example, when it comes to easing symptoms of anxiety-related disorders, prayer doesn't have the same effect for everybody. Baylor University researchers found that what seemed to matter more ...

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, ...