Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is one of the most stereotyped and misunderstood psychiatric conditions in the world. Few people can relate to the suffering of those who live with it and manage debilitating symptoms on a daily basis. Rachel Davis, an expert in the use of a rare procedure called deep brain stimulation for treating crippling and persistent OCD, provides an intimate glimpse into the minds of people who suffer from severe OCD, and the new promising approach to treating it.

Pundits and politicians in the UK have been fretting about a recession for months. But, as Luciano Rispoli explains, recessions are actually quite difficult to pinpoint. This is due to disagreements over the definition and because of the data involved. A multitude of indicators suggest a shrinking economy.

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Amanda Mascarelli

Senior Health and Medicine Editor

Deep brain stimulation can be life-altering for OCD sufferers when other treatment options fall short

Rachel A. Davis, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

This rare procedure is offered by only a handful of centers in the US and around the world and should be used only when less invasive treatment options for OCD have been tried.

Is the UK in a recession? How central banks decide and why it’s so hard to call it

Luciano Rispoli, University of Surrey

Explaining why it can be so difficult to pinpoint whether or not an economy is in recession.

Sex and power in the animal kingdom: seven animals that will make you reconsider what you think you know

Louise Gentle, Nottingham Trent University

Narwhals, hummingbirds and the Asian sheepshead wrasse have opened scientists’ eyes to the complexity of nature.

Iran on fire: Once again, women are on the vanguard of transformative change

Vrinda Narain, McGill University; Fatemeh Sadeghi, UCL

Women have long demanded change in Iran. In the aftermath of the death of a woman for a hijab violation, women protesters may be leading their country to a freer and more just society.