One in fifty adults in the U.S. currently have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and twice that many have had it at some point in their lives. Fortunately, OCD is now very treatable when properly diagnosed.
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Worries, doubts, and superstitious beliefs are all common in everyday life. However, when they become so excessive as to interfere with normal daily functioning or make no sense at all, then a diagnosis of OCD is often made. When OCD is present, it is as though the brain gets stuck on a particular thought or urge and just can't let go. OCD is a medical brain disorder that causes problems in information processing. It is not your fault or the result of a "weak" or unstable personality; it is a biologically based dysfunction in the brain. CereScan’s brain SPECT imaging illustrates the brain circuits involved in OCD as well as demonstrate that the functioning of those circuits return toward normal in those who improve after appropriate treatment.
Not all obsessive compulsive behaviors represent an illness. Some rituals (e.g. bedtime songs, religious practices) are a welcome part of daily life. Normal worries, such as contamination fears, may increase during times of stress, such as when someone in the family is sick or dying. Only when symptoms persist, make no sense, cause much distress, or interfere with functioning do they need clinical attention.
OCD tends to be under-diagnosed and under-treated for a number of reasons. People with OCD may be secretive about their symptoms or lack insight about their illness. Many healthcare providers are not familiar with the symptoms or are not trained in providing the appropriate treatments. Some people may not have access to treatment resources.
On average, people with OCD see three to four doctors and spend over 9 years seeking treatment before they receive a correct diagnosis. Studies have also found that it takes an average of 17 years from the time OCD begins for people to obtain appropriate treatment. Obtaining brain SPECT imaging at CereScan can significantly shortcut that process. This will help people avoid the suffering associated with OCD and lessen their risk of developing other problems, such as depression or marital and work problems.
No matter what your brain based concerns are, our staff and physicians are dedicated to help you feel better. If you have questions, would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, please call us at 866-722-4806 or complete our contact us form.