Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatments

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What Are Obsessions and Compulsions?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages. OCD is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to compulsive behaviors. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions and/or decrease his or her distress. Most people have obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors at some point in their lives, but that does not mean that they have OCD. In order to be diagnosed with OCD, it must interfere with one’s daily functioning.

Signs of OCD

Common compulsions in OCD are washing and cleaning, checking, repeating, intense fear or worrisome thoughts, and mentally obsessing over certain items or actions. Specifically, washing hands excessively, excessively showering, bathing, tooth-brushing, grooming, or toilet routines, and cleaning household items or other objects excessively are frequently seen compulsions. Frequent questioning, need for constant reassurance, looping thoughts, or constant worries that create intense anxiety are indicative of obsessive thinking.

How Can Neurofeedback Help?

Individuals with OCD are especially prone to overthinking or repetitive thinking that results in a looping pattern in brain wave functioning (hyper coherence). Neurofeedback reduces these overactive brain waves to help retrain the brain and therefore reduce obsessions and compulsions. We also incorporate brain-based therapies that directly impact the subconscious, such as Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, and BRT and aides in reversing OCD through the calming of the nervous system.

How Can Advanced Bio-Regulation (BRT) Help?

PEMF and Biofeedback are designed to help the Central Nervous System (CNS) to calm down. Physiologically, the body is programmed to deal with stress first and healing second, so when we get the CNS to calm down, it promotes an environment where the body can heal itself,  reduce inflammation, improve sleep, reduce anxiety, obsessive thinking, and compulsive behaviors, as well as increase feelings of well-being.

How Can Counseling Help?

Our center uses a type of therapy for OCD is Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP or ERP Therapy), which combines CBT and Exposure Therapy and is proven to be the most effective type of therapy in reducing obsessions and compulsions. One of the key features of ERP Therapy that differs from traditional talk therapy and psychiatric medication (that you have already unsuccessfully tried!), is that you understand why your thoughts and behaviors are out of control and learn how to gain that control.  You learn to “Talk Back to OCD” and gain control of the triggers and anxiety. 

Why Dr. Roseann for OCD?

Dr. Roseann is a Psychologist who supports children, adults, and families from all over the U.S. with research-based holistic therapies that are bridged with neuroscience.

Our center uses Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP) proven through research to be effective in reducing obessions and compulsions.

Dr. Roseann is a Board Certified Neurofeedback (BCN) Practitioner and is a Board Member of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society (NRBS) and Epidemic Answers.

She is also a member of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF), International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) and The Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

We Are Here to Help

Dr. Roseann Cappana-Hodge uses Neurofeedback, Biofeedback & other non-invasive treatments to create custom and drugless solutions to aid the improvement of health naturally. Schedule a consultation to meet with us and start on your road to health.

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment vary by patient and condition. Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge & Associates does not guarantee certain results.