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OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

What is OCD?

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People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have persistent, upsetting thoughts (obsessions) and use rituals (compulsions) to control the anxiety these thoughts produce. Most of the time, the rituals end up controlling them.

As an example, if a person is obsessed with germs or dirt (intrusive thought), the person may develop a compulsion to wash his/her hands over and over again (creating a ritual). Locked in this obsession a person will have difficulties to proceed with a normal life. The person gets “caught” in the middle of rituals that will relief their feelings of anxiety but the relief is momentary and more the person acts on these rituals more the person needs to act on them. It is a cycle.

Other common obsessions are generated when the individual has fear of intruders in the house, fear of getting out of the house, fear that something bad will happen to him/her or to a loved one.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): “OCD affects about 2.2 million American adults, and the problem can be accompanied by eating disorders, other anxiety disorders, or depression. It strikes men and women in roughly equal numbers and usually appears in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. One-third of adults with OCD develop symptoms as children, and research indicates that OCD might run in families.”

OCD usually responds well to treatment with EMDR and help the clients to become less sensitive (desensitized) to situations that cause fear or anxiety being able to stop behaviors that interfere with their function in their daily lives.

Another tool that I use is Neurofeedback. The frontal lobes are responsible for our reasoning and thinking. People who suffer from OCD usually experience disturbances in this area of the brain. Neurofeedback can help by bringing electrical activity in those parts of the brain to a level of productive functioning. Three electrodes will be gently placed on the individual’s scalp to read the electrical activity. This information will be sent back to the brain for processing through a monitor. Based on what is seen on the screen the brain will make the necessary adjustments on its own.

In conjunction with EMDR and Neurofeedback, I also use CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) to assist my clients with tools that will reinforce a new and powerful thinking patterns.

Together we will develop a treatment plan help you to:

  • gradually reduce time involved with rituals related to intrusive thoughts
  • resolve key conflicts and emotional stress that leads you to obsessive-compulsive behavior patterns
  • let go of key thoughts, beliefs and past life events helping you to be free from obsessions and compulsions and helping you to reach your full potential in life.

You can call me at (310) 600-0159 and get you 15 minutes FREE consultation so we can discuss in detail how I can help you.

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Los Angeles, CA, 90025
(310) 600-0159
cristina@westlacounselingcenter.com

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