• 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…