Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Research, Compulsion Research, Obsession Research, OCD Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Current Research on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

A recent study conducted in Cambridge University has attributed less activity in certain regions of the brain as being linked to the possibility of developing obsessive-compulsive disorder. According to the study, identifying brain-based markers for people with increased risk of OCD could result in greater accuracy, earlier detection, and management of the disorder. At present, diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder is done using a clinical interview as soon as the condition has developed 10.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be rooted in families but there is little information about the genetic factors involved in the disease. The Cambridge University study is the first to connect brain inactivity with the familial roots of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, the research involved 14 people without a background of OCD, 14 people with the disorder, and 12 immediate relatives of the patient. The respondents were made to look at a series of images involving a house and a superimposed face. In the study, the participants were made to identify which picture was the correct target. When the patient has identified the correct target six consecutive times, the test would be changed.

According to Dr. Sam Chamberlain, who was the leader of the study, impaired brain functioning can make an individual prone to developing obsessive-compulsive disorder. Brain inactivity makes an individual vulnerable to the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. He admitted though that there is still much work to be done in determining the genes that contributes to abnormal brain functioning in patients vulnerable to OCD.

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