Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by recurrent and intrusive thoughts or images that may be followed by repetitive, compulsive behavior. Individuals with this disorder often exhibit tic-like compulsions such as touching, tapping, rubbing, and repeating ritualistic routines. In fact, OCD’s are sometimes accompanied by Tourette’s syndrome and vise versa.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, like ADHD and other disorders on the neurobehavioral spectrum, is due to a developmental delay, resulting in Functional Disconnect Syndrome – impaired communication between the right and left sides of the brain. In OCD, the right hemisphere is weak and thus, does not modulate or temper the left hemisphere, resulting in perseverative thoughts and/or actions and, in some cases, automutilation (cutting or picking one’s skin, pulling one’s hair). Since there may also be areas of the left brain that are involved, a careful history and extensive neurological examination are necessary to design a remedial program to enhance communication between the two sides of the brain. When hemispheric integration is performed correctly, the results are very positive. If your child or an adult you know suffers from OCD and is looking for a drugless alternative, please call Sotis Chiropractic and Hemispheric Integration Clinic at (401) 383-1711.