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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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...
Bernard Le Foll, M.D., Ph.D., C.C.F.P. of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto, used his 2009 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, expert on anxiety, ocd, substance abuse
Bernard Le Foll, M.D., Ph.D.
January 01, 2013
Bernard Le Foll, M.D., Ph.D., C.C.F.P. of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto, used his 2009 NARSAD Independent Investigator...

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