Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee, DD1 9SY

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Compulsions, rituals, and repetitive behaviours

People often assume that if you have compulsions (or other ritualised behaviour) then you must have OCD. However, this isn't automatically the case since rituals and compulsions occur in other conditions, usually those associated with anxiety. This blog explores what we know about compulsions in Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) versus... Continue reading

tDCS as a treatment for depression

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a type of neuromodulation that was developed decades ago but has generated more interest in recent years. We discuss the evidence for tDCS for depression, and cover the outcomes from some recent studies. Introduction What is Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) for depression? tDCS is the application of a... Continue reading

rTMS for depression

We are often asked about rTMS for depression, particularly whether it is available on the NHS for patients in Scotland. Below, we explore the evidence to support the use of rTMS for depression and look at how patients might access rTMS in Scotland. Introduction This is not intended to be a comprehensive review of rTMS.... Continue reading

Behavioural modification (pacing) for OCD

This post is a summary of a poster that was presented at the EABCT conference in 2021. We talk about behavioural modification approaches for ritualised behaviour in OCD and other disorders. The full reference is as follows: Buick, R., Cockburn, C. & Christmas, D. (2021) Applying a transdiagnostic approach to treating ritualised behaviour in specialised... Continue reading

Esketamine for depression

We are often asked about whether we provide or recommend esketamine as a treatment for depression. Esketamine is a particular form of ketamine, which has been used to treat depression for many years, although the evidence for long-term benefit is lacking. This is not a complete summary of the evidence for ketamine/ esketamine, but it... Continue reading

Novel treatments for OCD: caffeine

In this blog we look at a recent study of caffeine for treating OCD (Naftalovich, 2020). We provide a bit of background on why caffeine might be used and then we describe the study design, the main findings, before discussing the clinical implications. Introduction How does caffeine affect the body? Essentially, caffeine is a central... Continue reading

Delays in presenting with OCD

It is widely reported that people with OCD wait a long time before seeking help for their OCD, and they wait even longer before getting effective treatment. The generally-accepted figures are that: People with OCD wait, on average, eleven years with symptoms before they seek help, and; Wait 17 years from onset of OCD to... Continue reading

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