Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, commonly known as OCD, is a brain disorder. It involves a series of compulsions that can get in the way of daily life and cause extreme anxiety. OCD causes a fixation on a particular thought or image and combines these thoughts to trigger intense anxiety in the brain, creating a tangible sense of impending danger even when the victim knows that the trigger is not comparable to such an extreme reaction. People with OCD often engage in obsessive, ritualistic behavior in an attempt to reassure themselves against these feelings of anxiety. Expect frequent “checking” of items or people.
Signs of OCD may include:
- Obsessive or Ritualistic Behavior
- Constant Checking a locks, zippers or bags.
- Constant washing or cleaning.
- Calling of loved one’s to make sure they are “safe.”
- Repetitive Behavior.
Research suggests OCD may be treated using neurofeedback for anxiety. If you want to learn more just search neurofeedback ocd.
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback is a technique of mental training and exercise. It teaches the brain to more effectively regulate the body functions for better health and well being. This training helps the individual to learn to exert control over their own emotional reactions in order to combat the irrational anxiety OCD causes.
Neurofeedback equipment includes a set electrodes to sense brain activity, a scannner to record it, and a display to help visualize the electromagnetic activity taking place in the wearers brain. With this set up the patient can visually chart their own brain activity
How does Neurofeedback work?
The concept in and of itself is fairly simple. Neurofeedback trains the patient to regulate their own physical and emotional reactions in lieu of the expensive medications that would otherwise be used. The visualization simply helps and reinforces this process, showing the patient exactly what thoughts and images are distressing them and what ones are calming them. They are then encouraged to calm themselves and can benefit from a sense of security and confidence in control over their own thoughts and emotions where before the overwhelming anxiety controlled their life. It should be noted that Neurofeedback is still relatively untested and is by no means a cure for OCD or any other mental disorder. It should be practiced only at the suggestion and with the cooperation of a therapist or other licensed psychiatric professional.