OCD, short for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that manifests itself through persistent thoughts and repeated actions that regularly disrupt the life of people suffering from it.
While this disease is treatable to a certain extent, the treatment however takes a lot of time to take effect and makes use of heavy antidepressants and other strong medicines.
However, now, scientists from Duke University claim to have developed a new fast-acting treatment that can stop behavior in a matter of minutes.
This new treatment works by modifying a specific neuroreceptor protein called mGluR5, which is responsible for controlling the brain’s response to outside stimuli.
It was found in experiments conducted on mice, that once the activity of mGluR5 was blocked, all OCD behavior ceased almost immediately.
This process was also tested in reverse to see if they could induce OCD in mice, which proved successful as well. This success of these experiments gives hope that with further development this treatment could one day be used as the first instant cure for OCD.