With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the goal is to adjust the part of the brain that is “stuck,” to indefinitely end the continuous repetition of thoughts or behaviors that can emotionally jail people in their day to day lives. Through neurofeedback services at Alternatives, this technology is feasible today.
OCD is characterized by a person's inability to cope with fears and anxiety, manifesting itself as an obsessive desire to check and recheck everything they do and an inability to perform certain tasks without adhearing to specific rituals. QEEG analysis of patients suffering from OCD have revealed two subtypes of OCD: those with an excess of frontal beta, and those with an excess of theta in frontal and temporal areas. It's clear how this manifests as rumination and anxiety as the frontal lobe is largely involved in executive control. Hence an overactivation of the frontal lobe (The excess beta group) would cause one to obsess over their actions and decisions, whilst underactivation of the frontal lobe (The excess theta group) would leave one unable to exert control over their mind to break free of anxiety and rumination.
Neurofeedback training can free those suffering from OCD from their ruminations and compulsions by downtraining their excess frontal beta or theta with the goal of giving the patient control of their executive function.
Many healthcare professionals who referred their clients to Alternatives Brain Institute noted marked reductions in their clients’ symptoms after brain training and was able to have more breakthroughs when paired with other therapy methods. Their minds are much quieter and calmer.
Why is Neurofeedback an effective alternative to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?