Problem gamblers, shopaholics and compulsive eaters could be CURED by zapping brains - Daily Mail
Jan 18, 2021 1 min, 2 secs

The non-invasive technique involves sending small jolts of electricity to the orbitofrontal cortex - an area of grey matter that slows up in people with addictions.

Researchers hope the unusual technique could open the door to combating a host of obsessive compulsive disorders (OCDs) that affect around one-in-eight people on the planet.  .

'This new form of personalised brain modulation may be effective in producing long-lasting benefits in people experiencing distress due to actions such as compulsive eating, gambling and shopping,' said Dr Robert Reinhart, of Boston University in the US, who authored the study.

Dr Reinhart said: 'Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from obsessive–compulsive behaviours, yet our mechanistic understanding of them is incomplete, and effective therapeutics unavailable

This new form of personalised brain modulation may be effective in producing long-lasting benefits in people experiencing distress due to actions such as compulsive eating, gambling and shopping (stock image)

Dr Reinhart said: 'With non-invasive neuromodulation, interventions can be personalised according to individual neurophysiological dynamics.'

Mental health charities have said the number of people seeking help for obsessive compulsive disorders has risen sharply since the pandemic began

Mental health charities have said the number of people seeking help for obsessive compulsive disorders has risen sharply since the pandemic began (stock image)


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