For children and adults with OCD
- Exercise regularly. Exercise is a natural and well-known anti-anxiety treatment.
- Keep in touch with friends and family. OCD consumes most of your time to the extent of social isolation. It is important to invest on a time with family and friends. Talking to them about your urges and worries can help alleviate the emotional problem.
For children and adults with ODD
- Set incontestable house rules with consequences at home. People with ODD often feel an overwhelming need to dominate. House rules can pre-dispose their minds and decide ahead of time before they do something given the consequences are laid out. Simultaneously, show them that each day is an opportunity for them to do better.
- Use a calm voice towards their mistakes. This may seem easy but sometimes when we are overwhelmed by our children’s defiance, we get lost in anger. Correct their mistakes as simple as possible to avoid longer arguments. Also, lead by example by showing you are not too proud to apologize showing that the house rules apply to everyone at home.
Using the Tomatis® Method
People with ODD, in particular, lack the ability of appropriately responding to authority such as their parents or teachers. People with OCD, on the other, are unable to resist emotional impulses that lead to repetitive behaviours all day long. Behind these behavioural disorders is emotional dysregulation, wherein the child or adult with ODD/OCD are unable to self-regulate their emotions leading to unpleasant behaviour.
The Tomatis® Method works on the connections between the ear and the brain putting a repetitive yet random acoustic environment full of sound contrasts. These sound contrasts or “filters” enable the brain to decipher the effects of the changing frequencies. In the active phase, the subject provides the tone that is automatically corrected by the device.
It can affect all parts of the ear such as the cochlea, the energy-producing organ in the ear and the limbic system of the brain, the one responsible for our emotions, memory, and learning. In fact, the connections between the ear and the brain play an important role in the construction of social cognition or the ability to attribute intentions and ideas to someone and even understand other’s person’s emotional state.
Assessments rule out other conditions and help you develop the best plan. Françoise Nicoloff, a registered psychologist and an international Tomatis®consultant, and other Tomatis® professionals aim to help people with OCD-ODD and other related issues! Get an assessment today!