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OCD patients’ brains light up to reveal how compulsive habits develop
Misfiring of the brain’s control system might underpin compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), according to Cambridge Neuroscientists, writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
The research, led by Dr Claire Gillan and Professor Trevor Robbins (Department of Psychology) is the latest in a series of studies from the Cambridge Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute investigating the possibility that compulsions in OCD are products of an overactive habit-system. This line of work has shifted opinion away from thinking of OCD as a disorder caused by worrying about obsessions or faulty beliefs, towards viewing it as a condition brought about when the brain’s habit system runs amok.
Adapted from University of Cambridge News
Posted on 19/12/2014
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