Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The inability to stop a thought or behavior characterizes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Previously conceptualized as psychological in nature, experts now believe this disorder has a neurological basis. Data from neuropsychological, electrophysiological, and other imaging methods strongly supports this conclusion. Quantitative electroencephalographic (QEEG) results further suggest that two physiologic subtypes of the disorder exist, with different brainwave frequency patterns, but displaying the same symptoms. We offer a number of successful approaches to OCD treatment: neurofeedback, cognitive-behavioral therapy and heart rate variability biofeedback. To learn more, go to www.brainphysics.com.

UNDERSTANDING OCD


The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) impacts approximately 1% of the adult US population.  OCD is characterized by obsessions and compulsions that get in the way of daily activities and cause distress.  While only a trained therapist can diagnose OCD, the American Psychological Association uses the following criteria to diagnosis OCD.

The Presence of Obsessions and/or Compulsive Behaviors: Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced as intrusive and inappropriate and cause anxiety or distress. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that a person feels driven to perform in response to an obsession with the goal of reducing distress.
The Presence of Obsessions or Compulsions are recognized as excessive or unreasonable and are not a normal response to life situations.
The Presence of Obsessions or Compulsions are time consuming and cause marked distress.  People with OCD may experience:

  • Diminished activity in significant activities

  • Feeling detached

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Anger outbursts

  • Hypervigilance

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Exaggerated startle response

If you think that you are experiencing symptoms of OCD help is available.  With the assistance of a trained therapist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Neurofeedback have been shown to greatly reduce or eliminate obsessions and/or compulsions.

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