Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder in which a person gets caught in cycles of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Obsessions are unwanted and intrusive thoughts, images, or impulses that trigger extreme anxiety. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person feels driven to engage in with the intent to neutralize, counteract, or get rid of their obsessions.

Common Obsessions:

  • Contamination (body fluids, germs, disease, dirt)
  • Losing Control (fear of acting on an impulse to harm oneself or others)
  • Unwanted Sexual Thoughts (forbidden or perverse sexual thoughts, images, or impulses)
  • Religious Obsessions (excessive concern with right vs. wrong or morality)
  • Harm (fear of harming others due to not being careful enough)
  • Perfectionism (concern with exactness or evenness)

Common Compulsions:

  • Washing and Cleaning (excessive hand washing, showering, cleaning)
  • Checking (checking that you did not or will not harm others or yourself)
  • Mental Compulsions (mental review of events to prevent harm)
  • Repeating (activities, body movements)
  • Other Compulsions (ordering or arranging things, telling or asking to get reassurance)

Although there is no exact known cause of OCD research suggests that problems in brain communication between the frontal region and deeper structures of the brain may play a role.

Results with Connectivity Neurofeedback

  • Decrease or elimination of compulsive behaviors
  • Fewer obsessive thoughts 
  • Decreases in anxiety 
  • Improved mental flexibility
  • Less need for ridged routines
  • Decreases or elimination of psychotropic medications

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