• Psychiatry

    News Alert regarding our new study: Standard treatment programmes for OCD are not always enough

    News alert written by Nanna Jespersgård, Aarhus University: Cognitive behavioural therapy helps hundreds of children and adolescents to enjoy a better life with OCD, but the standard treatment programme is insufficient for a particular group of young people, a new Danish study shows AARHUS UNIVERSITY They wash their hands until the skin hangs in tatters, are in a state of panic about bacteria and infections – and are unable to use common sense and distance themselves from the stressful thoughts that are controlling their lives. Teenagers with the contamination and washing variant of OCD are not generally more ill than children and adolescents with other forms of disabling obsessive thoughts…

  • Inflammation,  Psychiatry

    Inflammation and Psychiatric Disorders

    In a newly published review article the authors lead us through the newest evidence regarding the relationship between inflammation and psychiatric disorders. There is mounting evidence that neuropsychiatric disorders such as mood disorders and schizophrenia are closely related to systemic inflammation. In addition, they may be negatively influencing each other in a bidirectional loop. This means that disorders such as depression may facilitate an inflammatory reaction in the body with the inflammation then feeding the depression. This is then further complicated by lifestyle, stress, diet and the immune system, including the gut microbiota. Additionally,  recent data seems to show that early-life stress is associated with chronic inflammation that manifests prior…

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    New study on insight in pediatric OCD

    A new mega-analysis based on a large, international, cross-sectional sample of children and adolescents with OCD found that the majority of patients (88.9%) had excellent, good, and fair levels of insight, whereas a smaller portion of patients had very poor (9.7%) or no insight at all (1.4%). This is a lower percentage of patients compared to previous studies that have shown that between 20%−45% of kids with OCD have poor or no insight. The study also revealed that worse insight was associated with more severe symptoms of OCD, specifically increased distress and avoidance, and decreased resistance to OCD. The results of the study were published in the Journal of the American…

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    Our OCD Treatment Study in the Media

    Psychcentral.com just published an article where the discuss the results from our OCD treatment study.   “In the study, coined the “Nordic research project,” investigators from Aarhus University and child and adolescent psychiatry clinics in Norway and Sweden, found that children and adolescents who benefited from the therapy were also free of patterns of compulsive behavior and compulsive thoughts one year after the treatment ended. “The study makes clear that cognitive behavioral therapy reaches beyond the treatment period. This knowledge is important, both for the practitioners, but not least for the affected children and their families,” said Dr. Per Hove Thomsen, one of the researchers behind the study and professor at Aarhus University.”  …

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    New Paper: One-Year Outcome for Responders of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    This study describes 1-year treatment outcomes from a large sample of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) responders, investigates age as a possible moderator of these treatment outcomes, and evaluates clinical relapse at the 1-year follow-up. The study was published in Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Read the full study here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0890856717312480?via%3Dihub

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    New paper out now!

    Our paper “Structure and clinical correlates of obsessive–compulsive symptoms in a large sample of children and adolescents: a factor analytic study across five nations” is out now in a printed edition of European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Check it out by clicking on the image below:  

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    OCD Foundation

    Are you interested in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or do you want to know more about this disorder? If you are, you should check out OCD foundation webpage. Their webpage is loaded with resources on OCD for patients as well as professionals. Check it out here: https://iocdf.org/

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    Eysenck’s Personality Inventory (EPI) (Extroversion/Introversion)

    The Eysenck Personality Inventory (EPI) measures two pervasive, independent dimensions of personality, Extraversion-Introversion and Neuroticism-Stability, which account for most of the variance in the personality domain. Each form contains 57 “Yes-No” items with no repetition of items. The inclusion of a falsification scale provides for the detection of response distortion. The traits measured are Extraversion-Introversion and Neuroticism.