Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder, especially those diagnosed before age 18, are less likely to pass compulsory school tests or go on to higher education, compared with peers who don’t have the disorder, a large study found.

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Family members of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are at increased risk for developing neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, new research suggests.

People taking antidepressants for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to relapse when they stop using these drugs than when they remain on medication, a research review confirms.

Jon Grant, MD, JD, MPH, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the University of Chicago, will talk at Psych Congress about the importance of screening for OCD, as well as how to treat patients with the disorder.

Jeffrey Meyer

Brain inflammation is 32% higher, on average, in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), compared with people without the disorder, according to results from a new brain imaging study published online in JAMA Psychiatry.

Cognitive behavioral therapy still has the strongest evidence base for treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, and improved evidence supporting its dissemination through online platforms and in group settings represent a “major” advance, write psychiatrists in JAMA.

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