Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Did you know the average age of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) onset is 19 years old?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand-washing, counting or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called "rituals," however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.

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Lisa M. Monteggia, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on OCD
Lisa M. Monteggia, Ph.D.
December 19, 2016
Repetitive behaviors, like those seen in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), may be controlled and suppressed by a network of proteins in the brain, according...
Scott A. Langenecker, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on mental illness
Scott A. Langenecker, Ph.D.
December 02, 2016
An analysis of 37 different imaging studies of the brain’s white matter in patients with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders found that these...
David L. Pauls, Ph.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on OCD
David L. Pauls, Ph.D.
May 23, 2016
A genetic study of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and their parents, reported March 29, 2016 in Translational Psychiatry, has yielded...
Dorothy E. Grice, M.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on ocd
Dorothy E. Grice, M.D.
March 27, 2015
A new study has found that Tourette syndrome/chronic tic disorder (TS/CTD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) cluster strongly in families, suggesting a...
Rachel Marsh, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on ocd
Rachel Marsh, Ph.D.
February 23, 2015
A recent study has found that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may have altered functioning of certain parts of the brain’s reward-based...

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