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Brain Region Linked to OCD

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Scientists have located an area in the brain that fails to “kick-in” for people with obsessive compulsive disorder and those at risk of developing the condition.

The discovery could allow experts to diagnose the disorder much earlier and better track how treatments are working.

“The main finding is that in people with obsessive compulsive disorder and their unaffected relatives, part of their orbitofrontal cortex didn’t kick in on line as it should have,” said Samuel Chamberlain, a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge, who led the study.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (O.C.D.) is quite a common disabling anxiety disorder. Three percent of the population will suffer from it at some time in their lives. It is more common than schizophrenia or manic depression but it is well concealed and rarely diagnosed.

People with OCD may feel compelled to perform a certain action to cope with their obsession.

OCD is a psychiatric anxiety disorder that tends to run in families and is marked by recurrent and persistent thoughts and impulses, such as uncontrollable and repeated hand washing.They may be obsessed with the idea that germs are everywhere, for example. Even if they know they are being irrational, they feel compelled to repeat some action over and over again, like constant cleaning or hand washing. Others feel they must check things repeatedly, perhaps before leaving the house.

Sources: The Times Of india