Study Points to Fast-Acting Drug for OCD

OCD, which affects 3.3 million people in the United States, is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by intrusive, obsessivethoughts and repeated compulsive behaviors that collectively interfere with a person’s ability to function in daily ...

Jul 19

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Is OCD fuelled by a fear of the self?

Most of us have unwanted thoughts and images that pop into our heads and it's not a big deal. But for people with a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) these mental intrusions are frequently distressing and difficult to ignore. A new ...

Jul 7

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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'Orthorexia' - Obsession With Healthy Eating

When does ‘eating clean’ become an eating disorder? Orthorexia Nervosa (literally, “correct appetite disorder”) though absent from all psychiatric manuals, is an illness that has been making the rounds online.

Nov 6

Categories: Eating Disorders, Health / Illness / Medical Issues, Obsessions & ...

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Finding Support and Hope

My life didn't change that day. It didn't happen like it does in the movies, where time slows down, voices fade to nothing and everything falls silent as what you're being told slowly sinks in. As a matter of fact, it kind of went in the opposite ...

Oct 19

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Brain scans could predict how effective OCD treatment will be

Doctors may be able to predict how people with obsessive-compulsive disorder will respond to therapy using a simple brain scan, according to the findings of a new study

Jun 30

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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6 Things You Need to Know Before Starting OCD Treatment

Some OCD sufferers may choose to continue doing their compulsions. They may believe they are unable to do difficult things. Others may continue to endure in silence and may be unaware that there are answers to their misery. There are some who begin ...

Jun 10

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Collecting: Is it becoming a compulsion?

Is collecting things harmless or could it take a turn for worse? Whether it’s old coins, stamps, trading cards, or Beanie Babies, many of us have items that we find particularly enticing, and that we’re strangely compelled to collect. Have you ...

Feb 14

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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The Essential Brain System That is Hijacked in OCD, Alcoholism, Binge ...

Study of OCD finds this indispensable system could be the key to multiple psychological problems.

Dec 26

Categories: Addictions, Eating Disorders, Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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500,000 Australians suffer OCD but few seek help

Australians who suffer from moderate obsessive compulsive disorder could be treated just as effectively by a virtual therapist as a face-to-face practitioner, according to research to be released by the Australian Psychological Society on Tuesday.

Nov 11

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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OCD Linked With Broad Impairments in Executive Function

Neuroimaging data have hinted at a link between OCD and brain areas that contribute to executive function (EF), a group of critical cognitive abilities that regulate lower-level cognitive processes.

Aug 14

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Questionnaire May Give Clues to Other ...

A shortened version of a questionnaire used by psychologists to assess risk factors for obsessive-compulsive disorder also may help determine the risk of depression and anxiety, according to a Baylor University study.

May 16

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Deep Brain Stimulation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Releases ...

Some have characterized dopamine as the elixir of pleasure because so many rewarding stimuli - food, drugs, sex, exercise - trigger its release in the brain. However, more than a decade of research indicates that when drug use becomes compulsive, ...

May 5

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder may reflect a propensity for bad habits

Two new studies published in Biological Psychiatry shed light on the propensity for habit formation in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). These studies suggest that a tendency to develop habits, i.e., the compulsive component of the disorder, may ...

Apr 19

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Why being too busy makes us feel so good

One man says he works 72 hours a week because everyone else at his office does; he’s thinking about cutting back on sleep so he can be more productive. A woman says the last time she had a moment for herself was when she went for her annual ...

Apr 2

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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Psychological Effects of Washing Your Hands

Washing your hands doesn’t just keep you healthier; it has all sorts of subtle psychological effects as well. Hand washing sends an unconscious metaphorical message to the mind: we don’t just cleanse ourselves of physical residues, we also ...

Nov 4

Categories: Obsessions & Compulsions (OCD)

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