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OCD-Reducing Brain Pacemakers

Researchers Have Found Ways to Reduce OCD with Brain Stimulation

— March 13, 2013 — Tech
Living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be a really steep challenge, but researchers in Holland have come up with brain pacemakers that could normalize OCD symptoms.

The neuropsychiatrists at The Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam have designed brain pacemakers that provide deep brain stimulation through implanted electrodes. The researchers used similar technology as is found in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines to monitor the effects of the brain pacemakers on patients, and found favorable results.

OCD behavior can be caused by excessive signals in between the frontal cortex and the nucleus accumbens, and this excessive noise in the brain causes the anxiety. The brain pacemakers essentially limits this sort of 'crosstalk' to normalize the patients. The brain pacemakers are still in the research phase, but this could be good news for people who are nearly crippled by the disorder.
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