Dogs and people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) have similar brain abnormalities, suggesting that America’s most popular pet may someday help doctors understand and treat human anxiety, a new study says.
About two percent of people in the U.S. have OCD, an anxiety disorder that is still poorly understood and diagnosed.
People with OCD often perform the same rituals over and over again, disrupting their daily routines—for example, by washing hands or unlocking and relocking doors over and over again. Dogs with CCD show the same kind of detrimental repetitions, such as chasing their tails or licking their paws.
(Source: drpampam, via shityoushouldcareabout)