There has been a good deal of research that supports OCD is the result of dysfunction in the brain. Also, research supports that through the QEEG and neuro imaging we have identified brain patterns associated with OCD. Neurofeedback is used to change the brain wave patterns, teaching the brain how to self regulate into more balanced patterns.
It is believed that if you have OCD the brain has difficulty disconnecting impulses from the brain circuit. For instance, you go to the restroom to wash your hands, and once you have adequately done so you stop washing your hands, dry them, and go back to your task. If your brain has trouble turning off thoughts about germs after you wash your hands, and you find yourself washing your hands again and again then the impulse from the brain circuit is not diminishing. This causes the repetitive behaviors called compulsions, and uncontrollable thoughts called obsessions.
Do you have the same thoughts over and over? Do you check and re-check things? Do you perform certain rituals repeatedly and feel like you have no control over what your doing? If so, you may have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The thoughts and rituals associated with OCD can cause stress in your daily life and in your relationships.
OCD starts during childhood or teen years. Most people are diagnosed around age 19. Symptoms of OCD may come and go, or be better or worse at different times. People with OCD generally have repeated thoughts or images about different things such as fear of germs or dirt, acts of violence, or being overly tidy or safe. They can’t control the unwanted thoughts and behaviors.
OCD sometimes runs in families but not everyone will have it. Researchers have shown that several parts of the brain are involved in fear and anxiety that can contribute to OCD. Research has found neurofeedback to be an effective, safe, non-invasive way to treat the symptoms of OCD.