OCD is notoriously difficult to treat, and those with the disorder have difficulty knowing how to combat the doubts, intrusive thoughts, and compulsions that dominate their lives. An understanding of the neurological processes underlying OCD can help focus OCD sufferers on the task of rewiring the brain, providing a more mindful approach that frees them being dominated by the desire to reduce anxiety. Dr. Pittman, known for her clear explanations of how to rewire the brain to manage anxiety, shares helpful strategies for rewiring the OCD brain. No previous knowledge of brain anatomy or functioning is necessary for therapists and clients to benefit from this essential information that can facilitate treatment of OCD.
Participants will learn about the role of the amygdala in obsessive compulsive disorder.
Participants will learn how cortex processes sustain obsessive compulsive symptoms.
Participants will learn specific strategies that target both amygdala-based and cortex-based processes that lead to symptoms, and how to encourage a mindful approach to defeat OCD.
About the presenter: Catherine M. Pittman is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience treating anxiety-based disorders as well as providing neuropsychological rehabilitation after brain injury and stroke. She is known for her clear explanations of how to modify the brain to manage anxiety. She is a professor at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, and author of Rewire Your Anxious Brain, and Rewire Your OCD Brain.