Posts Tagged ‘Obsessive-compulsive disorder’

By On September 17th, 2018

Study claims to have found key to identifying and treating OCD behaviors

Obsessive-compulsive disorder may be a widely recognized mental illness, but it is surprisingly poorly understood by much of the medical world. While we can identify the symptoms that arise from the disorder, the actual underlying mechanisms have largely been a mystery – until now. New research from UCLA claims to have discovered some of the…


By On November 15th, 2017

Obsessive-compulsive disorder may contribute to problems in school

Having obsessive-compulsive disorder is often written off as “being a little anal retentive”, but those who live with the condition know OCD is far more dangerous. It can have an impact on every aspect of their life, including their education – as a new study confirms. A report published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry indicates…


By On May 6th, 2016

New Research Says Gaming Addiction May Be A Sign Of OCD, ADHD

We all know someone in our lives who seems to never be able to put down the video game controller. Most of the time it is just someone who is passionate about their hobby, but in some cases people can exhibit signs of true addiction, similar to the behavior of people addicted to gambling. Now,…


By On August 14th, 2015

Overactive Imagination May Be A Key Sign Of OCD

A Canadian study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology suggests children who confuse reality with imagination or lose contact with reality may be two key characteristics that predict or play a role in the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). “In general, researchers agree on the diagnostic criteria of OCD. However, there is no…


By On February 13th, 2015

Is Gambling Addiction Related To Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Researchers have noted physiological and behavioral similarities between problematic gambling and substance abuse, but a new study has also established genetic and behavioral links between problem gambling habits and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A team of researchers at Yale, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the St. Louis University School of Medicine published a new study…


By On February 5th, 2015

Researchers Find Similar Brain-Matter Loss Across Several Psychiatric Disorders

Psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression seem fairly distinct from each other when they appear, but a new report suggests they have something in common. Numerous separate psychiatric disorders cause similar brain-matter loss. The report, published in JAMA Psychiatry, shows a loss of gray matter in three specific brain structures that…


By On October 14th, 2014

New Guideline Recommends Brain Stimulation For Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatment

Obsessive-compulsive disorder can completely derail a person’s life especially if they go without treatment, but unfortunately seeking treatment for the disorder isn’t currently a guarantee for recovery. Medications and psychotherapy are effective for many, but estimates suggest that 40-60% of patients continue to experience symptoms following treatment. Another possible treatment is believed to be effective…


By On September 16th, 2014

Learning What OCD Is By Addressing What It Isn’t

One of the biggest difficulties for those who experience mental illness of any sort is not being understood. For various reasons, just about every mental illness has their own myths, misunderstandings, and false stereotypes. Among these conditions, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) may be one of the most misunderstood. Everyone has heard someone say “I’m being…


By On September 5th, 2014

Can Being Diagnosed With OCD Increase Your Risk of Schizophrenia?

New data published in the latest edition of JAMA Psychiatry may suggest that a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) could be associated with increased risk for schizophrenia and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. “Despite the fact that our results indicate putative overlapping etiological factors of OCD and schizophrenia or schizophrenia spectrum disorders, they do not necessarily suggest…


By On November 21st, 2013

The Truth About Hoarding Disorder is Much Scarier Than ‘Reality’ TV

Reality shows tend to make serious problems seem like freak shows, and Hoarders is as guilty of this as any other reality show on television. But, hoarding disorder is much more serious and common than you probably think. Though long considered to be a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding has been recently classified as its…

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