Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has recurring thoughts and behaviors the person is compelled to repeat. OCD causes repetitive unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions) that interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress and anxiety. Research has shown people with OCD have overly active areas in the brain associated with strong emotions and reactions.
Benefits of Neurofeedback for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Neurofeedback helps people with OCD improve how their brain functions. Neurofeedback retrains these areas of the brain for better self-regulation and to reduce symptoms of brain deregulation associated with OCD. Through neurofeedback, a person learns how to override brainwaves associated with OCD while increasing brainwaves associated with calmness. Neurofeedback changes brainwave patterns which reduces the frequency of unwanted thoughts and behaviors.
Unlike medication, neurofeedback causes minimal to no side effects. The most commonly reported side effect is a feeling of tiredness after a session.