The connection between brain inflammation and OCD
A recent study has shown that an inflamed brain may be a sign of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
The study, performed by Dr. Frits van der Werf, found a higher than normal concentration of astrocytes in the brains of test subjects with OCD. This is the first time this type of inflammation has been observed in the human brain and may explain why multiple subjects displayed symptoms that are also present in other autoimmune diseases.
It is widely known that people suffering from OCD are often troubled by intrusive thoughts and symptoms such as hand washing or cleaning rituals, but until now it was not clear why this occurs. Dr. Frits van der Werf’s research may have uncovered a link between brain inflammation and OCD, and could help to develop new treatments for patients who suffer from this condition.