OCD: A New Study Says It Isn’t Your Fault. So Quit Hiding (and get help)!
A stunning number of OCD sufferers choose to stay undercover. Oh, I suspect the perceived “freak” factor is at play, along with the guilt and shame that comes with supposed weakness. Wrong! And here’s a brand new study that says none of us are at fault. So quit hiding, okay? And get some help…
‘This is not some deep dark problem of behavior – OCD is a medical problem, and not anyone’s fault…’ Dr. Kate Fitzgerald
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is thought to hit 3% of the world’s population. And as some 25% of sufferers don’t come forward, a whole lot of folk are left needlessly tortured. By the way, I have OCD.
Hmmm, wonder how much those numbers would change if sufferers and clinicians were well-informed and accepted OCD as the medical condition it is – just like epilepsy, diabetes, and the vast majority of the emotional/mental health disorders.
Well, let’s see…
“Stuck in a Loop of ‘Wrongness'”
Bumped into a great article on the University of Michigan Health Lab site. “Stuck in a Loop of ‘Wrongness’: Brain Study Shows Roots of OCD,” written by Kara Gavin, details the fascinating and hopeful results of very recent OCD research from the gang at U-M. The work was just published in the journal, Biological Psychiatry.
What you’re about to read is based upon Ms. Gavin’s piece.
Seems the study team pinpointed what they believe to be the specific brain areas, and processes, generating the repetitive behaviors known to anyone enduring OCD. And for the sake of credibility, in their meta-analysis, the team reviewed brain scans from hundreds of OCD sufferers worldwide (10 studies worth), in addition to control group scans.
So, yeah, their observation? It looks like the brains of OCD sufferers get stuck in a loop of “wrongness.” And that inhibits stopping behaviors – even when the sufferer knows it needs to happen.
Getting into the particulars of the study, lead author, Dr. Luke Norman, states, “These results show that, in OCD, the brain responds too much to errors, and too little to stop signals, abnormalities that researchers had suspected to play a crucial role in the individual studies.”
Don’t know about you, but this “loop of ‘wrongness'” concept and terminology really works for me.