Obsessive Compulsive? Surgery Can Help
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – New research from the Université Laval in Quebec, Canada determined that psychosurgery is an effective and safe treatment for people with severe obsessive compulsive disorder whose symptoms were not relieved by traditional treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressants.
In the study, researchers examined 19 patients with severe OCD before and after they underwent bilateral capsulotomy, a type of psychosurgery. Over 47 percent of the patients responded to surgery, meaning they experienced a 25% or higher improvement in their symptoms. Furthermore, at the completion of the study three patients completely recovered from their OCD and three others saw a dramatic reduction in their symptoms. While there were no deaths, two patients did have permanent surgical complications.
For more information, go to http://group.bmj.com/group/media/latest-news/surgery-for-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-sufferers-is-safe-and-effective.
SOURCE: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry, June 2013
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