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Children Needed For Imaging Study Of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


Children between the ages of 10 and 17 years are needed to participate in a research study of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) at the University of Pittsburgh. The study will use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to attempt to identify which areas of the brain are active when responding to certain stimuli.

Researchers are looking for both children with and without OCD. Since the study involves the use of MRI, participants also must not have any metal on their bodies, such as braces or non-removable piercings. Each study participant will complete a psychiatric evaluation and undergo an imaging procedure.

Approximately two percent of children and adolescents have OCD, a prevalence similar to that found in adults. Approximately one-third to one-half of all adult OCD cases are thought to begin in childhood. The disorder is characterized by recurring and persistent unwanted ideas, thoughts or impulses (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors or rituals that affected persons feel compelled to perform (compulsions). While experts believe that many people have some obsessive-compulsive tendencies, most are able to control these impulses. Those with the disorder cannot control these thoughts and actions, which often can become self-destructive and interfere with their quality of life.

The study will require two visits, and participants will be compensated.


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