Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a lifelong condition where unreasonable thoughts and fears, or obsessions, lead a person to do repetitive behaviors, or compulsions. A person with OCD may or may not realize that their obsessions are unreasonable. A primary symptom of OCD is the presence of obsessions, which are repeated, persistent and unwanted urges that cause distress or anxiety. OCD obsessions often center on themes, such as fear of contamination, having things orderly/symmetric, or thoughts regarding harming oneself or others. Another symptom is the presence of compulsions, which are repetitive behavior that a person with OCD feels like they have to perform. Completing these repetitive behaviors are meant to prevent or reduce anxiety and prevent something bad from happening. Compulsions also follow themes like washing and cleaning, counting, checking, demanding reassurances and following a routine. Usually OCD is made up of both obsessions and compulsions, but it’s possible to only experience one. The general criteria to diagnose OCD is the person has obsessions and/or compulsions and these obsessions/compulsions are time-consuming and interfere with daily life. OCD has no cure, but symptoms can be controlled using exposure therapy and medication.

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International OCD Foundation

Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to: Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided; Support research into the cause of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders; Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their fam

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and hundreds of local NAMI Affiliates advocate for access to services, treatment, supports and research and are committed to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" for support, advocacy or research.

International OCD Foundation

Founded by a group of people with OCD in 1986, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. The mission and goals of the IOCDF are to: Educate the public and professionals about OCD in order to raise awareness and improve the quality of treatment provided; Support research into the cause of, and effective treatments for, OCD and related disorders; Improve access to resources for those with OCD and their fam

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Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and hundreds of local NAMI Affiliates advocate for access to services, treatment, supports and research and are committed to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

http://www.nami.org

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2013

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The terms "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" returned 374 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Regional cerebral blood flow and cognitive function in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
 

Author(s): Huirong Guo, Ning Zhao, Zheng Li, Binhua Zhu, He Cui, Youhui Li

Journal: Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2014 Jan;72(1):44-8.

 

To explore the relationship between regional cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cognitive function in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Last Updated: 18 Mar 2014

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Alexithymia, suicidal ideation, and serum lipid levels among drug-naïve outpatients with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
 

Author(s): Domenico De Berardis, Nicola Serroni, Stefano Marini, Gabriella Rapini, Alessandro Carano, Alessandro Valchera, Felice Iasevoli, Monica Mazza, Maria Signorelli, Eugenio Aguglia, Giampaolo Perna, Giovanni Martinotti, Paola A Varasano, Gabriella Lucidi Pressanti, Massimo Di Giannantonio

Journal: Rev Bras Psiquiatr. ;36(2):125-30.

 

As obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a relatively common psychiatric disorder with a significant suicide risk, the individuation of potential biomarkers of suicidality, such as cholesterol levels, may enable recognition of at-risk subjects. Therefore, the aims of this study were ...

Last Updated: 19 May 2014

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Personality disorders in obsessive-compulsive disorder: a comparative study versus other anxiety disorders.
 

Author(s): Josep Pena-Garijo, Silvia Edo Villamón, Amanda Meliá de Alba, M Ángeles Ruipérez

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The purpose of this paper is to provide evidence for the relationship between personality disorders (PDs), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and other anxiety disorders different from OCD (non-OCD) symptomatology.

Last Updated: 23 Jan 2014

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The terms "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" returned 77 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and trauma in the DSM-5].
 

Author(s): A J L M van Balkom, L Gabriëls, O A van den Heuvel

Journal: Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2014 ;56(3):177-81.

 

The 12 anxiety disorders which were defined in the DSM-IV, have been increased to 27 disorders in the DSM-5. These 27 disorders have been subdivided into three chapters: 1. anxiety disorders, 2. obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRD) and 3. trauma and stressor-related disorders.

Last Updated: 19 Mar 2014

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Excluding the typical patient: thirty years of pharmacotherapy efficacy trials for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
 

Author(s): Brian L Odlaug, Eric Weinhandl, Maria C Mancebo, Erik L Mortensen, Jane L Eisen, Steven A Rasmussen, Liana R N Schreiber, Jon E Grant

Journal: Ann Clin Psychiatry. 2014 Feb;26(1):39-46.

 

Over the past 30 years, clinical trials have resulted in several successful pharmacotherapies for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), yet patients in clinical settings often report inadequate response. This study compares clinical characteristics of treatment-seeking OCD patients ...

Last Updated: 6 Feb 2014

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Deep brain stimulation for the treatment of severe, medically refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder.
 

Author(s): Mark Sedrak, William Wong, Paul Wilson, Diana Bruce, Ivan Bernstein, Suketu Khandhar, Conrad Pappas, Gary Heit, Eric Sabelman

Journal: Perm J. 2013 ;17(4):47-51.

 

Deep brain stimulation is a rapidly expanding therapy initially designed for the treatment of movement disorders and pain syndromes. The therapy includes implantation of electrodes in specific targets of the brain, delivering programmable small and safe electric impulses, like a pacemaker, ...

Last Updated: 23 Dec 2013

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Last Updated: 4 Mar 2013

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Attention Training for Childhood Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

Last Updated: 11 Apr 2014

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Attention Training for Childhood Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: An Open Case Series
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

Last Updated: 15 Oct 2012

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