Deep in the brain, in a structure called the striatum, all possible movements that an animal can do are represented in a map of neural activity, new research led by researchers at Columbia University and the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown has revealed. If we think of neural activity as…Continue readingSpiny Projection Neurons Show Locally Biased Spatiotemporal Organization
Both metabolic and anxiety-related disorders are a big healthcare burden, and a focus of contemporary research and therapeutic efforts. Although intuitively we can assume the two phenomena overlap, the link has not been proven scientifically. Now, a team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, headed by Prof. Hermona…Continue readingMicroRNA Regulators of Anxiety and Metabolic Disorders
Similarities in brain impairments in children with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) have been discovered by a team of Toronto scientists. The team conducted a study involving brain imaging of white matter in 200 children with autism, ADHD, and OCD, or no…Continue readingAutism, ADHD And OCD: Common Brain Changes Found In Children
A recent study from Wayne State University shows that communication between some of the brain’s most important centers is altered in children with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The research, led by David Rosenberg, M.D., of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, and Vaibhav Diwadkar, Ph.D., shines light on our understanding of…Continue readingChildren with Obsessive-compulsive Disorder have Altered Brain Networks
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety-related mental condition that affects 1-2% of the population. It is severely debilitating and can strike anyone regardless of age, gender and cultural background. The majority of us will be familiar with its overt symptoms, such as obsessive checking, compulsive washing or performing routines ritualistically,…Continue readingElectrical Signature From OCD Can Be Picked Up In The Brain
Eleven percent of new mothers experience significant obsessive-compulsive symptoms compared to two to three percent in the general population. These symptoms, including fear of injuring the baby and worry about germs, are usually temporary and could result from hormonal changes or be an adaptive response to caring for a new…Continue readingOCD Symptoms Higher Among New Moms
You have probably heard of cases on the news where houses have been condemned because the owners had so much junk in their homes that they could no longer live there. Piles of newspapers, magazines and things that they just could not throw away were piled everywhere and even included food items. This type of behavior is called hoarding.
Hoarding is attaining possession of items as well as the inability to get rid of them, even though other people do not see the value in them. While hoarding manifests itself in a variety of disorders of the psychiatric variety, this hoarding instinct is prevalent in people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).