Information about OCD research

Radomsky pioneering new treatment for checking OCD

Researchers Shafran (left) and Radomsky (right) at the 2010 OCD-UK conference

Based on previous work conducted with colleagues at the University of British Columbia and the University of Reading, friend of OCD-UK, Adam Radomsky, a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Centre for Clinical Research in Health at Concordia University in Montreal is testing a novel approach to treatment for compulsive checking that could mean vast improvements in the quality of life of countless individuals affected by compulsive checking, and perhaps others forms of OCD too.

Article posted on: Wed, 11/04/2012 - 6:46pm

Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

A new journal of OCD and related disorder articles as recently been published. The Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (JOCRD) is an international journal that publishes high quality research and clinically-oriented articles dealing with all aspects of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions (OC spectrum disorders; e.g., trichotillomania, hoarding, body dysmorphic disorder).

Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan S.Abramowitz wrote in his editorial, "An international and interdisciplinary journal exclusively focusing on OCD and related problems is needed for several reasons, not the least of which is that in the forthcoming DSM-5 (current expected release in 2013) there will be a new diagnostic category of disorders called the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders."

Article posted on: Tue, 03/04/2012 - 9:04pm

The impact of climate change on obsessive-compulsive checking concerns

Research Source: The impact of climate change on obsessive compulsive checking concerns - Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

Recent years have seen the issue of climate change dominate the political arena and now researchers in Australia have found that climate change can have an impact on the nature of obsessive thoughts, and compulsive behaviours in patients with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Fourteen of the 50 participants (28%) were identified as having OCD concerns directly related to climate change. The most frequent concerns involved electricity, water and gas wastage. Less frequent concerns included pets dying of thirst and one participant was concerned about house damage due to floors cracking, pipes leaking; roof problems and white ant activity. Compulsions included checking and rechecking pet water bowls, light switches, taps, stoves, skirting boards, pipes, roofs and wooden structures.

Article posted on: Mon, 02/04/2012 - 10:04pm

Should OCD be removed from Anxiety Disorders in DSM-5?

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association and provides clinicians with official definitions of, and criteria for, diagnosing mental disorders.

The current edition of the DSM (DSM-IV) categorises Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder (OCD) under 'Anxiety Disorders'. However, some experts have controversially suggested that the upcoming revised edition of the DSM removes OCD from this category and grouping it with putatively related conditions under the heading of 'related OCD conditions'. The proposed OCD-related conditions would include Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD), Tic disorders, Hypochondriasis, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Trichotillomania and other grooming disorders, Eating disorders, Pathological Gambling (PG) and other Impulse-control disorders, including alcohol and substance dependence and Kleptomania.

Article posted on: Wed, 22/02/2012 - 12:02am

Genetic Research Grant

The James E. Marshall Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation today announced it has presented Dr. Gerald Nestadt, director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science with a $225,000 donation to support genetic research relating to OCD.

Article posted on: Sat, 18/02/2012 - 4:05pm

Funding for OCD Checking Research

Dr Adam Radomsky

Concordia University in Montreal, Canada is making new strides in health-related research — a fact confirmed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which will provide over $500,000 in funding for two top psychology researchers. This vital support will allow Michel Dugas and friend of OCD-UK, Dr Adam Radomsky to work towards new breakthroughs in treatment for anxiety and OCD.

From an OCD perspective for Dr Adam Radomsky the new funding from CIHR will also go towards using CBT in a research setting for counteracting compulsive checking in OCD.

Article posted on: Wed, 15/02/2012 - 5:56pm

People with BDD process big picture visual information abnormally

People suffering from BDD — a severe mental illness characterised by debilitating misperceptions that one appears disfigured and ugly — process visual information abnormally, even when looking at inanimate objects, according to a new UCLA study.

First author Dr. Jamie Feusner, a UCLA assistant professor of psychiatry, and colleagues found that patients with BDD have less brain activity when processing holistic visual elements that provide the 'big picture', regardless of whether that picture is a face or an object. The research appears in the current online edition of the journal Psychological Medicine.

Article posted on: Mon, 30/05/2011 - 12:08am


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