Worries, doubts and superstitious beliefs are all common in everyday life
But when they become so excessive that they begin to interfere with normal daily functioning, an evaluation of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder may be in order. CereScan’s state-of-the-art SPECT brain imaging is a valuable diagnostic tool for patients who may be suffering from OCD.
Less than 10% of people with OCD are being treated, even though OCD is treatable when properly diagnosed. On average, people with OCD see three to four doctors and spend over nine years seeking treatment before they receive a correct diagnosis, all the while struggling with their symptoms and behaviors. However it doesn’t have to be this way. CereScan can help.
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Over time, OCD can get worse, and your worries, doubts, and superstitious beliefs may become more frequent and repetitive. When OCD is present, it is as though the brain gets stuck on a particular thought or urge and just can’t let go. Symptoms of OCD can include any number of the following:
- Excessive fear of germs/contamination/dirt, sometimes including fear of shaking hands with or touching others, or being touched
- Frequent hand washing, sometimes to the point that the skin becomes red, irritated, or raw
- Rituals, often including counting, such as having to do things a certain number of times or having to have things take a certain amount of time before moving on to another task
- Excessive organization and strong reactions to having one’s environment or “order” disrupted
- Unwanted and repeated aggressive thoughts and images in the mind
- Repetitive “checking,” for example, whether or not you’ve locked the door, closed the windows, or turned the stove off
- Hyperfocus on symmetry and arrangement of objects, for example, needing all things to face the same direction
- Ritualistic eating behaviors such as cutting food into a certain number of pieces, having to consume something in a certain number of bites, having a strict order in which foods are eaten, and not allowing foods to touch
- Repetition of words and phrases
- Excessive cleaning, sometimes accompanied by a fear of impurity
- Persistent fear of being harmed in some way or being a target of violence
- Unwanted and repetitive sexual thoughts or images
Studies have found that it takes an average of 17 years from the time OCD begins for people to obtain appropriate treatment. Imagine skipping these 17 years, or, if you’re already suffering, shortening it and moving on to personalized, life-changing treatment. Obtaining a brain SPECT scan at CereScan can highlight the brain circuits involved in OCD and significantly shortcut the treatment timeline, greatly helping patients decrease and ultimately stop the suffering associated with this disorder.