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OCD: Brain mechanism explains symptoms

OCD: Brain mechanism explains symptoms

A large review of existing neuroscientific studies unravels the brain circuits and mechanisms that underpin obsessive-compulsive disorder. The researchers hope that the new findings will make existing therapies more effective, “or guide new treatments.” New research analyzes the brain scans of almost 500 people to unravel the brain mechanisms in OCD. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is […]

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How to protect your mental well-being this festive season

How to protect your mental well-being this festive season

A perfect world sees the holiday season filled with love, warmth, and happiness. However, more often, it is crammed with stress, exhaustion, and panic. Here, we offer some advice on how to bring a little calm back to the festive season. How can we avoid the stress of the festive season? I know it seems […]

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Spider phobia: Using the heartbeat to improve treatment

Spider phobia: Using the heartbeat to improve treatment

Computerized therapy for phobia involves exposing the person to triggers of their specific fear, such as showing images of spiders to someone with arachnophobia. Now, for the first time, a recent study reveals that timing the exposure with heartbeats can improve the treatment. Syncing exposure to fear triggers with a person’s heartbeat improves phobia treatment, […]