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New Study To Test Unusual Hypothesis On Beta Brainwaves With Implications For Parkinson’ Disease And OCD

Before she could seek to convince the world that her computer model of a key brain circuit explains a fundamental, 80-year-old mystery of neuroscience with potential relevance to Parkinson’s disease, Stephanie Jones sought to convince Christopher Moore. The new Brown neuroscience professors are now close collaborators, but when they first started talking about the beta […]

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Atypical Antipsychotics Appear To Be Effective For Only Few Off-Label Uses

A review of previous studies suggests that even though atypical antipsychotic medications are commonly used for off-label conditions such as behavioral symptoms of dementia, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, these medications are effective for only a few off-label conditions, and that the benefits and harms of these medications for these uses vary, according to an article […]

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Combined Cognitive Behavioral Therapy And Drug Treatment Of Pediatric OCD Improves Treatment Outcome

Children and teens with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who were receiving some benefit from treatment with medication had a significantly greater reduction in OCD symptoms with the addition of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), according to a study in the September 21 issue of JAMA. The study was carried out by Martin E. Franklin, Ph.D., of the […]

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‘Big Picture’ Visual Information Is Processed Abnormally In Body Dysmorphic Disorder

People suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD — a severe mental illness characterized 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 […]

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Compulsions, Not Obsessions, May Be Precursor To Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

New scientific evidence challenges a popular conception that behaviors such as repetitive hand-washing, characteristic of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), are carried out in response to disturbing obsessive fears. The study found that in the case of OCD the behaviors themselves (the compulsions) might be the precursors to the disorder, and that obsessions may simply be the […]

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Researchers Distinguish Between Depression And OCD In Children Based On Cortical Thickness

A landmark study by scientists at Wayne State University published in the May 6, 2011, issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, the most prestigious journal in the field, has revealed a new way to distinguish children with major depressive disorder (MDD) from not only normal children, but also from children with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). […]

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Common Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Reduce The Effectiveness Of SSRI Antidepressant Medication

Scientists at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at The Rockefeller University, led by Paul Greengard, Ph.D., and Jennifer Warner-Schmidt, Ph.D., have shown that anti-inflammatory drugs, which include ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen, reduce the effectiveness of the most widely used class of antidepressant medications – the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, taken for […]

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