The causes of OCD that strikes about 2 percent of the populace are not very well understood, which is why the disorders are left undiagnosed or untreated for years. People who suffer OCD usually manifest iterative behaviors or persistent thoughts that interfere their daily routine. Yet, with the latest printed research with dogs may be a shed of light towards understanding this psychiatric condition.
A conducted research shows the similarity of humans with Obsessive Compulsive disorder and dogs with Canine Compulsive Disorder. The study serves as a key towards understanding and treating OCD among men. It suggests that follow up studies of dogs’ anxiety disorder can help in finding new therapies and treatment and the same conditions in humans. The research discovered that the structural brain abnormalities of Doberman pinschers with CCD are the same to humans with OCD.
While people with OCD engage in iterative behaviors, dogs that have CCD also exhibit repetitive and destructive behaviors such as tail chasing and chewing. Both OCD and CCD patients usually respond to the same treatment.
The newly published research is printed in Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry. The results are in in partnership between veterinarian of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (Tufts University) and the researchers of McLean Imaging Center (McLean Hospital, Belmont, Mass).
The professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary, Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, DACVB, said that while the research sample was small and further study is encourage, the finding have confirmed that dogs with CCD can help in understanding and in giving insights to the anxiety disorders prevalent among people with OCD.
The team has tested 16 Dobermans comparing the MRI brain images of 8 Dobermans with CCD to the control group. It has been discovered that CCD affected dogs have higher total brain and gray matter volumes. The dorsal anterior cingulated cortex and right anterior insula have lower gray matters. The higher fractional anisotropy found in the splenium of the corpus callosum has lower gray matters as well. The same findings
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