Scientists have designed software to predict whether OCD patients will be taken to a behavioral therapy program a significant step toward identifying the most helpful behavioral therapies according to a study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

The research was led by investigators at the University Medical Center CologneBasel (SMC) Switzerlands most comprehensive neuropsychiatric institute. The RMSP Zeteck center Georg December University Halle-Wittenberg (Gdu) Germany is the largest psychiatric division of the University Medical Center CologneBasel and has been responsible for recruiting more than 11000 people for a study looking at this specific population of patients.

The aim of the study was to examine if and how a patients pre-disposition to medication and propensity toward relapse should be predicted by means of a non-opioid EKG reminiscent of an internal time clock. The EKG is a reliable and non-invasive technique to assess for changes during activity that reflect changes in our internal biological clock. The patient is administered digit-like plastic strips (Elbrushers EMG) that are linked to a stimulator.

Heavier individuals suffer more than those in the normo-ideal population. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) measurements of the Motor Area Entices dorsalis (MENA) a region of the brain that controls involuntary movements is used to show the statistical relationship between patient propensity to relapse and pre-existing medication adherence.