Can brain zaps curb obsessive-compulsive behavior?

Researchers report that repeated noninvasive, pain-free brain stimulation curbed behaviors common to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Katherine Gianni-Boston University • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

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Digital hoarders: we've identified four types – which are you?

Physical hoarding has been studied for decades - but now, new forms of digital hoarding are emerging.

Nick Neave, Associate Professor in Psychology, and Director of the Hoarding Research Group, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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Could simple tests predict which OCD treatment will work?

Brains scans of people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder reveal that "different brains respond to different treatments."

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~10 min

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Are we all OCD now, with obsessive hand-washing and technology addiction?

Behaviors that would have been seen as pathological a few months ago are now applauded as adaptive and resourceful. Where do doctors draw the line?

David Rosenberg, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Wayne State University • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~8 min

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Exercise addiction is a real mental health condition, yet still poorly understood

Exercise addiction describes an obsessive or compulsive need to exercise – even when you're injured.

Lee Smith, Reader in Physical Activity and Public Health, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
March 31, 2020 ~6 min

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Contaminating a fake rubber hand could help people overcome OCD, study suggests

The famous, but bizarre, ‘rubber hand illusion’ could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder overcome their condition without the often unbearable stress of exposure therapy, suggests new research.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 9, 2020 ~9 min

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Worms stuck in repeat could clarify human diseases

A brain circuit that underlies repetitive behavior in roundworms could shed light on Tourette's and autism in humans.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller • futurity
May 13, 2019 ~6 min

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New clues to abnormal brain signals in movement disorders

Research with mice shows how sensory and motor signals have different paths and effects on our behavior, which could lead to Parkinson's treatments.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
April 15, 2019 ~2 min

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Deep brain stimulation may significantly improve OCD symptoms, study suggests

The debilitating behaviours and all-consuming thoughts, which affect people with severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), could be significantly improved with targeted deep brain stimulation, according to new research published today.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 7, 2019 ~5 min

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People with OCD get stuck in ‘loop of wrongness’

"This is not some deep dark problem of behavior—OCD is a medical problem, and not anyone's fault. With brain imaging we can study it just like heart specialists study EKGs..."

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Dec. 4, 2018 ~6 min

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