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HPFT doctor speaks about OCD experience in New Scientist

07 Mar 17 - 01 Jan 01

The repeated thoughts and urges of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) may be caused by an inability to learn to distinguish between safe and risky situations.

A brain-scanning study carried out by Dr Naomi Fineberg and her team at HPFT has found that the part of the brain that sends out safety signals seems to be less active in people with the condition

The new findings may explain why people with OCD find this approach so difficult and it can take so long, says Fineberg. “The bit of their brain that should be telling them it’s safe isn’t working. Now we can say to them this is why it’s taking so long and we should stick with it.”

To read more go to: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2123613-brains-inability-to-see-that-something-is-safe-causes-ocd/

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