Information about OCD research

New study shows that compulsions lead to obsessions

New scientific evidence challenges a popular conception that behaviours such as repetitive hand-washing, characteristic of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), are carried out in response to disturbing obsessive fears.

The study, conducted at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, found that in the case of OCD the behaviours themselves (the compulsions) might be the precursors to the disorder, and that obsessions may simply be the brain’s way of justifying these behaviours. 

Article posted on: Fri, 27/05/2011 - 3:54am

Deep brain stimulation helps severe OCD, but caution and compassion advised

For patients most severely afflicted with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, electrical stimulation of a brain network can rebalance their emotional state, helping them respond to conventional therapy when it never worked before. New long-term results show that patients' improvements remain if the treatment continues. But, as with other OCD treatments, DBS is not a cure and can have side effects.

One leading doctor researching DBS suggests, "What DBS really does is make you into an average OCD patient".

Article posted on: Thu, 10/03/2011 - 2:27am

Research into the experience of living with a partner with OCD

Do you live with a partner with OCD? OCD-UK are supporting Stephanie Fitzgerald (trainee Clinical Psychologist) in new important research aimed at improving the support offered to those that live with someone with OCD. OCD doesn’t only affect the person diagnosed but also those around them.

Whilst much research has focused on the individual with OCD, Stephanie is looking for participants who would be willing to talk to her about their experiences of living with someone with OCD. Click here to read more about this research, or email Stephanie directly if you wish to become involved.

Article posted on: Tue, 01/02/2011 - 7:20am


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