Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) These treatments include surgeries that destroy very small amounts of brain tissue and deep brain stimulation (also called DBS.) What is deep brain stimulation (DBS)? DBS has been used since the mid 1980s to treat the

Gamma Knife Treatment for OCD

Gamma Knife Treatment for OCD   What is Gamma Knife? Gamma knife is a treatment for OCD that does not require opening the skull.  In gamma knife procedures, multiple gamma rays pass through the skull (see image to the right).  On its

Emotional Contamination

Emotional Contamination A Lesser Known Subtype of OCDBy Carol Hevia, Psy.D.   Case Example      Joe is a 25 year old college drop out who is currently unemployed and lives in an apartment above his parents’ garage.  He has a

Perfectionism Are You Sure it Pays Off?

Perfectionism Are You Sure it Pays Off?Jeff Szymanski, PhD   The “Real” Problem With Perfectionism      If you ask someone with OCD about the payoffs for engaging in compulsive behavior (what desired outcomes do you get), he or she will