Obsessive compulsive disorder is an experience of frequent and intense rumination, paired with compulsory behavior that feels mandatory in order for self-regulation. This process involves networks in the brain that deal with error processing and detection, as well as mind-wandering and rest. Sometimes, however, people experience “pure O”—obsession without compulsory experiences. This is one of the components of panic attack—the perseverative, ruminative quality of thought that attaches to the experience of an initial panic attack, in great fear that it might happen again. The fear and perseveration serve to goad the sympathetic system into overarousal, producing the next attack and foraging a path of least resistance in the brain that can be difficult to cut off. This lecture focuses on the profiling and treatment of both panc attacks and OCD in the field of neurotherapy.
In this lecture, participants will learn:
- The networks involved in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and
- Successful neurotherapeutic techniques to stop the cycle of panic attacks