Scientist came to finding that brain scans may be able to determine which people have genetic risk of possibly developing obsessive compulsive disorder which is a type of anxiety disorder. During the study researchers scanned brains of about 100 people. Some of the people were previously diagnosed with OCD and the others were relatives of the one who already suffer from OCD.

They had to participate in serious of tests and final results showed that this group had poorer results than the control group. Researchers agree that this could be result of an genetic factor because it appears that brain changes run in the family.

So far, diagnose of OCD that is available to psychiatrists is subjective and these findings may lead to better diagnosis and possibility improve treatments of this condition. However, it needs to be determined why close relatives have the same brain structure and yet don’t always develop this disorder.