OCD Treatments

When determining OCD treatments it is important to understand that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an unconscious method for coping with uncontrollable fear and anxiety. The very method that has helped you cope is eventually no longer under your control. You cannot choose to stop the repetitive behavior or thinking.

OCD Treatments

There are many effective treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which are offered in by our integrative team of brain health experts.

Medications

  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI)
  • Anxiolytic
  • Antidepressant

Before using any medication, whether it is prescribed or over the counter, please consider whether you are hearty, reactive, and/or sensitive, how medication may affect you and what the side effects may be. Does the treatment outweigh the possible side effect? Before taking any medication, discuss your medical history with your PCP or licensed provider. This also goes for homeopathics, herbal remedies, and aroma therapies. Dr. Sharon Barrett, M.D. is our Psychopharmacologist as a part of the Brain Health Team.

Therapies

  • Support group
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Aversion Therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
  • Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Psychotherapy
  • Systematic Desensitization
  • Group Psychotherapy.

Dr. Diane® offers Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which is a type of Psychotherapy that helps people change how they think, feel, or act in order to improve their mood, reduce stress, or achieve other important health and life goals. Some goals may be specific, such as reducing worrying or procrastination, whereas others can be more general, such as figuring out why one’s life seems to lack meaning, passion, or direction, and figuring out what to do about it.

There are three parts to CBT:

  • How you think (cognitive) can and does change your behavior
  • The way you think may be monitored and altered
  • The desired behavior change may be affected through changes in the way you think.

This type of therapy is very effective in trauma, chronic illness, pain management, sports, and performing arts.

“Cognitive Behavior Therapy is focused on the present rather than the past,” said Deanna Barch, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University and supervisor of the social anxieties group therapy project.

“It’s focused on the kinds of thoughts, beliefs, ideas that people have currently and how that influences their emotions and behaviors. It also focuses on what behaviors you are actually engaging in and not engaging in at the moment, in the here-and-now.”

Biofeedback & Neurofeedback treatments for OCD

Biofeedback, which includes thermal, muscular, and EEG (Neurofeedback), is akin to looking in a mirror that shows your inner responses rather than your outer appearance. For example, you cannot ordinarily influence your brain wave activity because you have no information about it. However, when you can see instantaneous information about your brain function on a computer screen, you have the ability to positively influence that function.

One form of Electrical Biofeedback speaks to the body through electrical impulse signals that are modified based on changes detected at the skin’s surface, such as reddening or numbness. Signals are sent to the body through the skin based on changes within the body, and are reflected back to the surface of the skin. This causes the body to move toward a more normative state. Self-Controlled Energy Neuro Adaptive Regulation (SCENAR), developed by Alexander Karasev for use in the Russian space program, employs signals that are modified depending on what happened in the past—a backward-looking technology that is viewed as reorganizing. The newer Cosmodic technology of adaptive regulation looks ahead to the body’s target state of response, so it is more regenerative in nature. In Russia, SCENAR is considered a conventional, rather than complementary, approach and is currently used as a principal treatment instrument.

Another Electrical Biofeedback method that was also developed in Russia during the 1950s is Cranial Electo Stimulation (CES). From this technology, there have double blind clinical trials, proving it effective in treating anxiety, insomnia, and depression. It is a registered FDA medical device for alleviating anxiety, insomnia, and depression.

Neurofeedback has many subdivisions, which I will go into greater detail about in a future post. However, all of the various types are specifically designed to alleviate the cause of OCD. The number of external sessions of treatment vary depending on the specific cause. Neurofeedback is one of the external methods that not only addresses the symptom of anxiety, but also addresses the cause.

The use of Neurofeedback with talk therapy, in conjunction with many of the other internal and external modalities presented, can help alleviate your anxiety. Both Dr. Diane® and Paul Soper provide Neurofeedback as part of the Brain Health Expert Team.

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