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NIMH Pages About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Publications About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: When Unwanted Thoughts Take Over
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A brochure on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that explains the signs, symptoms, and treatments.

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PANDAS: Frequently Asked Questions about Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections

Overview and FAQs about this illness.

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Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety Disorders

A detailed booklet that describes the symptoms, causes, and treatments of the major anxiety disorders, with information on getting help and coping

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Science News About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Exposure / Ritual Prevention Therapy Boosts Antidepressant Treatment of OCD

Science Update

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A form of behavioral therapy augmented antidepressant treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) better than an antipsychotic.

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Twitter Chat on PANDAS/PANS

Science Update

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NIMH experts discuss childhood rapid-onset OCD during our next Twitter chat on May 8, 2013.

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Possible Causes of Sudden Onset OCD in Kids Broadened

Press Release

PANS PANDAS sudden onset OCD in children

The syndrome, Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), includes children and teens that suddenly develop on-again/off-again OCD symptoms or abnormal eating behaviors, along with other psychiatric symptoms – without any known cause. An immune-based treatment study is underway at NIH.

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Adding Psychotherapy to Medication Treatment Improves Outcomes in Pediatric OCD

Science Update

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Youth with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) who are already taking antidepressant medication benefit by adding a type of psychotherapy called cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), according to an NIMH-funded study published September 21, 2011, in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Mice with Autism-related Mutations Replicate Autism-like Behaviors

Science Update

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Mice bred to harbor mutations similar to those discovered in people with autism show autism-like repetitive behaviors and social impairments. The behaviors, triggered by deletions in a gene called SHANK3, implicated in some cases of autism, were traced to weak neural connections for functions disturbed in autism.

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Posts About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Getting Serious About Mental Illnesses

By Thomas Insel on July 31, 2013

Dr. Insel explains the nuances of the term, “serious mental illness.”

From Paresis to PANDAS and PANS

By Thomas Insel on March 26, 2012

Dr. Insel discusses the connection between mental disorders and infection in light of pediatric neuropsychiatric disorders PANS and PANDAS.

Microbes and Mental Illness

By Thomas Insel on August 13, 2010

Increasing evidence linking strep infection to OCD in children suggests that microbiomics may prove an important research area for understanding and treating mental disorders.

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