July 20, 2011 |
If you see groups of people walking around San Diego next weekend - July 29-31 - encouraging each other to reach into trash cans, it's all good. The exercise is part of the annual International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Meeting. Manifestations of obsessive-compulsive disorder include fears of contamination, hoarding disorder and Tourette syndrome. Just over 1% of people have some form of OCD The conference is unusual because it combines presentations of new research data from scientists as well as educational forums for therapists, people with OCD and their family members.
March 1, 2010 |
Tiger Woods, who recently admitted to multiple extramarital affairs, said he is receiving treatment. David Duchovny, who plays a sex-obsessed professor on the TV show "Californication," underwent rehab in 2008. Dr. Drew Pinsky has launched a reality series dealing with the subject. Sex addiction talk seems to be everywhere. But mental health experts are split on what underlies such behavior. The American Psychiatric Assn. has proposed that out-of-control sexual appetites be included as a diagnosis in the next edition of the psychiatrists' bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, to be published in 2013.
October 8, 2007 |
For months, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, head of the animal behavior clinic at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, has been in doggie heaven. Using brand-new genetic "chip" technology developed by researchers at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, where the entire dog genome was sequenced a couple of years ago, Dodman is finally poised to do the experiments he's been waiting years to do -- exploring the genetics of complex psychiatric problems in dogs.
August 25, 2007 |
Mice born without a key brain protein developed obsessive-compulsive symptoms that went away when treated with anti-anxiety drugs, giving new clues about the brain mechanism behind the disorder, researchers reported Thursday in the journal Nature. They said mice that lacked the gene SAPAP3 -- which makes a protein that helps nerves communicate -- groomed their faces until they bled and developed an aversion for bright, open spaces. Fluoxetine, an anti-anxiety drug sold by Eli Lilly & Co.
October 10, 2005 |
Show me, Lord, where I can obtain help: and if I have to follow a little dog to obtain the cure I need, I am ready to do just that. A troubled Inigo de Loyola -- founder of the Jesuit order, a man whose unquestionably pure heart eventually earned him canonization as St. Ignatius Loyola -- wrote those words more than 450 years ago. Surprisingly, he was racked by fears of spiritual unworthiness, to the point of contemplating suicide.
July 26, 2004 |
Scientists say they have unearthed a clue to solving the mystery of obsessive-compulsive disorder -- the trait characterized with humor on the TV detective series "Monk." Now, researchers have demonstrated that each of the three behaviors associated with OCD -- hand-washing, checking and hoarding -- activates a different brain region. The study was published in the latest issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.