Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disorder of compulsions and obsessions. Treatment varies from patient to patient, but a new study of brain scans may bring some new hope for those with the disorder. I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is MedCircle News.
A new study looked at brain scans, among other data, from studies across the globe on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD.) This analysis showcases the specific areas of the brain that cause OCD patients to get stuck in a loop of undesirable behavior.
According to the article, “put simply, patients get stuck in a loop of wrongness and can’t stop behaviors even if they know they should.” Psychiatrist Kate Fitzgerald explains, “It’s like their foot is on the brake telling them to stop, but the brake isn’t attached to the part of the wheel that can actually stop them.”
It’s uncertain, however, if the brain differences found in patients of OCD compared to those who do not have OCD are the CAUSE of the disorder or are the RESULT of having the disorder. Regardless, it is the hope of researchers that these new findings will help produce more effective treatment options.
The researchers also note the importance of understanding that OCD is not just an anxiety disorder. Fitzgerald says, “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 of their patients—and we can use that information to improve care and the lives of people with OCD.”
For more information OCD, watch the MedCircle original series, Freedom From OCD with Dr. Jenny Yip. I’m Kyle Kittleson. Remember, whatever you’re going through - you got this.
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