Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Neurofeedback for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has been used to modify brainwaves that are creating problems in clients suffering from OCD. Neurofeedback can help alleviate the anxiety and stress response caused by obsessive behavior and thoughts

What is OCD?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has recurring thoughts and behaviors that he or she feels the urge to repeat. 

Neurofeedback for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Neurofeedback has been helping those suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, by improving how your brain functions. During a neurofeedback therapy session, sensors can detect your brain waves and reveal how your brain works while in action. Research has shown that people with OCD have overly active areas in the brain associated with strong emotions and reactions. Additionally, research has shown those with symptoms of OCD to have an imbalance of serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter.

Neurofeedback therapy has the ability to train the areas of the brain associated with control and emotional reactivity. Brain chemistry will begin to change as the electrical activity changes through operant conditioning. 

Neurofeedback as an Alternative Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Unlike medication, which has been reported to have numerous side effects, Neurofeedback therapy essentially has no side effects. The most common side effect reported from clients is feeling tired after a session. Side effects for medications for OCD include, but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Reduced Sexual Desire
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Blurred Vision

Neurofeedback has helped clients suffering from OCD relieve symptoms so they can reduce or even eliminate medication completely. It is recommended that clients participate in neurofeedback 2-3 times a week  to help with the transition and chemical adjustment in the body brain.

If you or a loved one is suffering from symptoms of OCD, please call Dr. McReynolds to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Related Research & Publications

Interested in Learning More or Booking an Appointment? Contact Licensed Psychologist Dr. Connie McReynolds.