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Hyperactivity of Caudate Nucleus May Be An Underlying Factor of OCD Symptoms, Study Finds

A study published in today’s American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that misfiring of the brain’s control system for habits may be a reason for compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).Researchers in the departments of psychiatry and psychocology at Cambridge Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute and New York University performed MRI scans on the brains of 70 people, with and without OCD, to determine whether an association existed between symptoms of OCD and abnormal brain activation in the caudate nucleus, a structure in the basal ganglia that must fire correctly for one...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Friday, 19 December, 2014

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