Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a severe mental illness that affects 1%–3% of the population. The illness frequently leads to social isolation, interpersonal difficulties, functional impairment, and financial problems. There is currently no cure for OCD.
The disease is characterised by obsessions (recurring and intrusive thoughts) and compulsions (ritualistic behaviours performed to reduce anxiety). Cognitive behavioural therapies and medications are effective treatments to reduce OCD, but up to 50% of people remain very symptomatic for decades after initial treatment. For this reason, there is an urgent need to develop new efficacious, safe, and tolerable therapies to reduce the extreme burden of the disorder.
- Understanding the neural mechanisms underpinning OCD symptoms
- Mapping abnormal functional and anatomical patterns of brain connectivity in OCD
- Assessing if personalised non-invasive brain stimulation is a viable treatment for OCD
You can learn more about the current OCD Clinical Trial by visiting the trial information page.