obsessive-compulsive disorder

A new lineage of specialized brain cells, called Hoxb8-lineage microglia, has been investigated in a study by University of Utah scientists. They established a link between the lineage and obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety in mice. “More women than men experience debilitating anxiety at some point in their lives. Scientists want help these people to… Read more

Imagine you’re lying in bed when a sack of cocaine falls from a plane, crashes through your roof and lands next to you. You call the police who come round and arrest you for possession. This would be ridiculous. You are not responsible for things that fall into your house. Now imagine you’re lying in… Read more

The brains of obsessive-compulsive disorder patients get stuck in a loop of “wrongness”, that patients can’t stop even if they know they should, new research suggests. This new analysis of brain scans from hundreds of people with OCD, and people without the condition, was larger than any previous study. It pinpoints the specific brain areas… Read more

UCLA researchers have uncovered some of the basic brain mechanisms behind repetitive behavior, which may ultimately lead to new ways to treat psychiatric disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), at their root. The study was led by Baljit Khakh, professor of physiology and neurobiology at UCLA. Khakh and his team focused on a type of… Read more

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) develop an internal, accurate sense of how things work but do not use it to guide behavior, new research from scientists in the UK suggests. The repeated behaviors that characterize obsessive-compulsive disorder are a manifestation of an underlying brain dysfunction that is not yet well understood. “This study shows that… Read more