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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? – Are you constantly driving to distraction by thoughts that fuel fear and worry in your mind? Is your brain constantly pulling you to perform behaviors that interfere with your daily routine and cause social distress? If so, Moreover you may be one of the millions in this country that are struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

OCD is a brain-based anxiety disorder characterized by repetitive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and ritualized behaviors (compulsions). Furthermore, Scientific research suggests that OCD is causing by inappropriate connectivity between various brain regions. The frontal lobes and basal ganglia are the areas of the brain that many OCD researchers have focused on. Furthermore, These regions are where our higher cognitive functions, and coordination of those functions, reside.

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OCD Symptoms

Obsessions can involve virtually anything someone with OCD thinks about. Fears, phobias, anxieties, and worries often lie at the heart of OCD and can fuel both obsessive thoughts and compulsions alike. Classic OCD compulsions include ordering, hoarding, grooming, counting, checking, cleaning, and more.

Treatments for OCD

Classic treatments for OCD include medications and cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT). Medications for OCD are numerous and varied, although generally fall into the categories of antidepressant and antianxiety agents. A common approach to OCD involves managing serotonin levels through the use of SSRI medications, allowing the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter to stick around longer in the brain.

More and more folks are turning towards complementary and alternative therapies for the management of OCD. APEX Brain Centers is leading the charge. Through cognitive, neurological, and metabolic testing, followed by a host of Brain Training interventions, positive changes can be made in the areas of the brain responsible for this debilitating disorder. Therefore these changes allow for greater cognitive flexibility and the ability for the individual with OCD to better control their condition.

Dr. Michael S. Trayford is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and Neurofeedback Specialist with over 20 years of experience in the practice of advanced functional neurology. He is one of the most highly sought-after brain rehabilitation specialists because of the life-changing outcomes his patients consistently experience. After over a decade in private practice and working alongside other pioneers in the field, Dr. Trayford developed his multimodal intensive brain training and rehabilitation program built around the science of Neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to learn and grow dependent upon the stimulation it receives from its environment. He later founded APEX Brain Centers to combine his ground-breaking rehabilitation approach with a unique patient and caretaker-centered care model. Under Dr. Trayford’s leadership, APEX Brain Centers has successfully treated thousands of patients and earned the reputation of a world-renowned brain training and rehabilitation practice. Since its inception, Dr. Trayford has been a leader of the Brain Training revolution treating patients worldwide. In addition, he is a published journal contributor and international lecturer. His experience with various patients of all ages and neurological conditions has given him a unique perspective on brain health and human performance. He is also well-versed in collaborating with other health care professionals, making him an invaluable asset to any care team. Dr. Trayford was awarded the Functional Neurologist of the Year distinction by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, where he is a proud member and conference lecturer. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Council for the Dementia Society of America and the Board of Directors for the International Society for Neuroregulation and Research. He is also a servant leader who has dedicated his adult life to serving multiple communities through Rotary International and other notable causes. When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Trayford usually reads or researches anything related to the brain, human performance, and leadership. He also loves spending time outdoors with his wife Denise, their two daughters, and dogs in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaeltrayford/

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