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Doctor insights on: Normal Brain Vs Ocd Brain

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Is touretes, ocd, odd and anxiety in a child....A brain developement issue?

Is touretes, ocd, odd and anxiety in a child....A brain developement issue?

Not that we know.: However, if asking whether it's genetic or not, there seems to be a genetic component to all of those disorders with odd (opositional defiant disorder) having no known link. Anxiety, especially panic disoder and agoraphobia, have a somewhat stronger link but not to the degree tourettes and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) have. No brain "development issues" have been found in these disorders. ...Read more

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Is the amygdala smaller in a person with OCD? I'd like to understand my brain a little better.

Is the amygdala smaller in a person with OCD? I'd like to understand my brain a little better.

Size is not at issue: Proper functioning is more the issue than size. Some efforts have been explored at retraining this 'anxiety switch'. Read this and discuss it w/ your therapist. http://www.articledashboard.com/Article/How-You-Can-Retrain-The-Amygdala-Gland-To-Cure-Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder/242240 There may be other ideas they'll have. Best! ...Read more

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Is deep brain stimulation recommended for severe ocd?

Is deep brain stimulation recommended for severe ocd?

Treatment resistant: Deep brain stimulation can be used for severe ocd, but only after all other treatments are exhausted. It is an invasive treatment, but can be of use. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1756-0500/3/60/. ...Read more

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Which type of brain surgey would help me with my anxiety/ocd?

Which type of brain surgey would help me with my anxiety/ocd?

Psychosurgery is : Only for a small % of people w ocd. Psychosurgery is only for treatment refractory ocd that is severe. Some surgical options include capsulotomy, limbic leukotomy, anterior cingulotomy, deep brain stimulation ; transcranial magnetic stimulation. ...Read more

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Please answer! what kind of brain surgey would help me with my anxiety/ocd?

Please answer! what kind of brain surgey would help me with my anxiety/ocd?

Sorry, no surgery: Sad that you are so desperate about your anxiety. The good news: there are effective psychological treatments that work. What that is depends on what type of anxiety you have. See a therapist who specializes in treating anxiety disorders, especially (for some types of anxiety) exposure based therapy. Medication may also be helpful but avoid addictive tranquilizers. Ssris can be very helpful. ...Read more

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So if you can somehow stop the compulsion part(telling brain there is no logic in what you are going to do , it is ocd) can u overcome OCD gradually?

So if you can somehow stop the compulsion part(telling brain there is no logic in what you are going to do , it is ocd) can u overcome OCD gradually?

Cues, counters: The keys to countering obsessions & compulsions are: developing an awareness of what your cues or triggers are, engaging countering behaviors (e.g., progressive relaxation, challenging automatic thoughts, distraction), & tracking the success of your counters. Medications can be a big support as well. A licensed cognitive-behavioral therapist can help you develop strong skills! ...Read more

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M south indian.Can i get my faith back?After getting OCD i find it difficult to believe in god.My brain always says there i not enough evidence mate.

M south indian.Can i get my faith back?After  getting OCD i find it difficult to believe in god.My brain always says there i not enough evidence mate.

This may be related: To your obsessive compulsive disorder. My patients with ocd have obsessive troubling thoughts (not pleasant thoughts). For instance, i treat a lovely woman in her 70's who has ocd. She is always fearful that she will drive up onto a curb and run some one over with her car. As a result - she tries not drive ; drives like a mouse when she does. (she had stopped driving when i met her). Getting. ...Read more

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Can i take efalex original brain formula with Zoloft (sertraline) and do you think it would help my ocd?

Can i take efalex original brain formula with Zoloft (sertraline) and do you think it would help my ocd?

Efalex : Efalex is a supplement containing a high dha formulation of fish (tuna) oil and evening primrose oil supplying gamma-linoleic acid (gla). This is actually a low epa product, and epa is the portion of fish oil especially needed in mood disorders like depression (common in those with ocd). Omega-3's have not been studied well in ocd, so we can't say if they help with this. ...Read more

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Can long-term OCD cause brain cancer?

Can long-term OCD cause brain cancer?

No: It's terrible to be trapped in your own brain with thoughts like this one. See about both medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy. You're almost an adult. OCD is very common and manageable nowadays. ...Read more

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What can numb the pain from deep brain stimulation for ocd?

What can numb the pain from deep brain stimulation for ocd?

No pain, but caution: The brain itself has no pain-sensitive nerve fibers, so deep brain stimulation does not cause pain. Blood vessels, their supporting structures, and the protective coverings around the brain are innervated, though. Dr. Benjamin greenberg, a pioneer in this area, advises caution when considering this therapy -- it's for extremely intractable cases only. http://tinyurl.com/9ylzdsf. ...Read more

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I've had symptoms of OCD since my traumatic brain injury why is this?

I've had symptoms of OCD since my traumatic brain injury why is this?

OCD is an uncommon, : but well-documented, consequence of TBI. The pattern of OCD, I.e., the types of obsessions & compulsions, are very similar amongst patients with TBI, whether they have mild TBI & normal MRI's or moderate & severe TBI with bruising of the the fronto-temporal cortex, subcortical structures (caudate nucleus) or both on their MRI's. Just one more thing for which you need therapy &, maybe, medication. ...Read more

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What's the cost range, if you had to guess, of Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for severe OCD patients?

What's the cost range, if you had to guess, of Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for severe OCD patients?

Deep Brain Stimula-: tion is approved by most insurance companies for adults with OCD who have failed to show improvement on at least 3 different SSRI's & Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. It requires prior approval. The out-of-pocket expense varies with the type of coverage you have & the guidelines of your medical insurance company. ...Read more

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Constant feeling of brain fog or like everything is a dream Could this be caused by my anxiety and ocd disorder? I don't even drive it had got so bad

Constant feeling of brain fog or like everything is a dream Could this be caused by my anxiety and ocd disorder? I don't even drive it had got so bad

Brain fog MAY be: a side-effect of your medication. Please do not change your medication but do see your doc and tell him/her about it. Anxiety can also cause brain fog, often called depersonalization or derealization. Your docs can help you sort out what is going on in your case. ...Read more

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Is any brain damage caused by chronic clinical depression or OCD permanent or temporary? Ie; if the person lateron doesn't have the issue any more, tks

Brain damage: Depression and ocd do not cause permanent brain damage, but they do recur and the more episodes you have in the past, the more likely you are to have recurrent episodes (episodes may change gene expression not brain structure). ...Read more

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Could deep brain stimulation or gamma knife surgery for OCD be done on someone with epilepsy?

Could deep brain stimulation or gamma knife surgery for OCD be done on someone with epilepsy?

Possibly: Gamma knife surgery is actively being studied as an alternative choice to traditional epilepsy surgery. Deep brain stimulation of the thalamus has been studied and has been found to be an effective therapy for some types of epilepsy. However, it may not offer any advantage over the vagus nerve stimulator, which is a less invasive treatment. Right now, insurers do not cover dbs for epilepsy ...Read more

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Can a trauma to the brain like a Brain Surgery or a severe concussion or whiplash cause OCD ?Obsessive Compulsive Disorder later in life?

Can a trauma to the brain like a Brain Surgery or a severe concussion or whiplash cause OCD ?Obsessive Compulsive Disorder later in life?

OCD: is an attempt to control the uncontrollable in life through repeated thoughts and behaviors. There are a combo of factors and some mystery as to its cause. These include genes and personal history. It is likely that the trauma you have been through contributes to your OCD more than the surgery itself. Please see your doc and then a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders. ...Read more