What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
When a person can’t stop repeating specific behaviors or stop his or her brain from repeating particular thoughts, a condition called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is usually the cause.
A substantial body of research shows that problems with OCD are related to the functioning of specific areas in the front of the brain. If these areas are working too slowly or quickly, a person is unable to stop repeating certain thoughts or behaviors.
Are Medications a Solution for OCD?
In some cases, medications can reduce the severity of an OCD sufferers symptoms. Unfortunately, the condition frequently does not improve, or improve significantly, through treatment with medication. People taking OCD medications can also suffer unpleasant side effects. In addition, medications don’t provide a long term solution, as symptoms usually return if the person ceases to take them.
How Can Neurofeedback Help OCD?
With OCD, the logical goal is to adjust the part of the brain that is “stuck,” to end the continuous repetition of thoughts or behaviors. Through neurofeedback, this is actually technologically feasible.
Neurofeedback locates the areas of the brain causing dysfunction, and retrains them to create healthier brain wave patterns. With sufficient training and practice, the brain actually begins to create these more functional patterns on its own.
Many healthcare professionals who use neurofeedback to treat OCD note marked reductions in their clients’ symptoms after brain training. People with OCD relate that, after neurofeedback therapy, they no longer have to struggle to stop unwanted repetitive thoughts and behaviors. They also report that their minds are much quieter and calmer.
Why Is Neurofeedback the Best Treatment for OCD?
No undesirable side effects
Enduring improvement with sufficient training
Courtesy of AboutNeurofeedback.com