Exciting OCD Research

I just wanted to share this recent news in case you haven’t already heard about it. The first genome-wide search for genes responsible for obsessive-compulsive disorder has uncovered some clues as to the basis of the illness. A similar study was conducted on Tourette syndrome.

“Both disorders clearly have a complex underlying genetic architecture, and these two studies lay the foundation for understanding the underlying genetic etiology of Tourette syndrome and OCD,” said Jeremiah Scharf, a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who worked on both projects.

If you’d like to read more about the study, check out this easy to understand article.
Of course, this is only the beginning…………but such exciting news!
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8 Responses to Exciting OCD Research

  1. 71º & Sunny says:

    Oooh, that IS exciting research! Thanks for the heads up.

  2. ForConfidence says:

    This is great! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I love science. This line, “…among the top genetic variations, the researchers found an unusually high number that influence levels of gene expression in the frontal lobe of the brain…”, certainly fits in with what I have learned from Wikipedia about the overactive frontal lobes of people with OCD. I think it is actually therapeutic for me to read about OCD brain science, as it reassures me that my problem is real, and I am not simply lazy and cowardly. Though reassurance is not always healthy for us… at least it boosts confidence, so I think in this case it is worth it in the long run.

  3. krystallynn says:

    Awesome…great news!!

  4. Janet Singer says:

    It really is, and I can’t wait to see where it leads!

  5. Thanks for sharing this. I had read about it, but it was a very technical article–your link was better!

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