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Scottsdale Neurofeedback Institute: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Program
Robert Gurnee, MSW, DCSW, Director
8114 E. Cactus Road - Suite 200 | Scottsdale, AZ 85260 | (480) 424-7200 | add@add-clinic.com
Est. 1982

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Welcome to the Scottsdale Neurofeeback Institute: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder program

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) involves some combination of obsessions and/or compulsions: Obsessive thoughts are thoughts that are repetitive, driven, intrusive, unwanted, unreasonable, and/or excessive, such as:

A few Examples of obsessive thoughts:

1. "Oh no, I touched something that may have germs."
2. "Everything should be even."
3. "I need to recheck the doors, stove, window, etc."
4. " I am fat." (When not)
5. "I must go through the exact steps correctly."
6. "I have to count things"

OCD might also involve compulsions: behaviors that are repetitive, driven, impulsive etc.

A few Examples of compulsions:

1. "I must wash my hands to remove the germs."
2. "I must make everything even, straight and lined up, etc."
3. "I will check things to be sure so I can relax."
4. "I better not eat anything since I am fat."
5. "I will go through the steps in the right order so I can relax."


We have performed several hundred individual brain maps on people over 17 years with OCD. In almost every case a part of the brain called the cingulate gyrus has been abnormal on the QEEG Topographic Brain Maps that we perform. QEEG stands for Quantitative Electroencephalogram. It is a map based on your brain's electrical activity. The electricity is measured and is run through six QEEG normative databases such as the New York University Medical School QEEG Database which has been validated in over 37 countries. One of the databases, the LORETA, enables us to see deep within the brain and see electrophysiological brain abnormalities in the cingulate gyrus. With EEG Neurofeedback, especially utilizing 19 channel LORETA EEG training, we can train the specific parts of the cingulate gyrus that are abnormal and move them towards normal with a significant reduction in symptoms, even when medication has been unsuccesful. The EEG data also tells us which of 4 subtypes of OCD are present and these subtypes correlate with medication response. Unfortunately, two of the 4 subtypes typically respond poorly or not at all to medication.

The map below shows a brain map within normal limits;

QEEG Obsessive Compulsive Disorder brain maps

Different patients have different speeds of electricity in different parts of the cingulate gyrus that are abnormal so treatment must be very specific. The number of sessions and therefore the cost will vary since OCD varies in severity and patients vary in how quickly they learn to regulate their brainwaves. A high percentage have benefitted remarkably, although, like any other treatment, not everyone will benefit. It is clear that as the brainwaves move toward normal that symptoms are reduced significantly. Most are able to lead normal lives.

Other forms of Biofeedback such as thermal and heart rate variability are also available for deep relaxation training as well as Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy and Counseling treatment.

Scottsdale Neurofeedback Institute
Telephone: (480) 625-4123
Facsimile: (480) 424-7800
Email us: add@add-clinic.com