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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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...
Susanne Ahmari, M.D., Ph.D., expert on obsessive-compulsive disorder
Susanne Ahmari, M.D., Ph.D.
June 11, 2013
In two back-to-back papers published June 7, 2013 in Science, two different research teams used the groundbreaking fiber-optic light technology, optogenetics,...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Grantee Christopher J. Pittenger, M.D., Ph.D., Expert on Anxiety and OCD
Dr. Christopher Pittenger
May 10, 2013
In a first-of-its-kind anxiety study, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Grantee Christopher J. Pittenger, M.D., Ph.D. and his Yale University colleagues...

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