Anxiety Disorder and OCD Case Study
18 y/o male
OCD, Anxiety Disorder
M.S. was an eighteen-year-old male with a severe degree of OCD along with an anxiety disorder. Before starting the REI Custom Program his therapists described that often it took M.S. 25 minutes to get from the front door of the facility to her office - a total of 15 feet. He had to touch specific items in a particular order repeatedly. He also picked at his clothing and skin until he bled and rocked his body back and forth repeatedly. This compulsivity also extended to his eating habits. He was also highly anxious and was often unable to sit still or to attend to a task. Other times he was lethargic and preferred to lie around.
After two weeks listening to the REI Custom Program CD#1 he was able to enter his therapists center and get to his therapist’s office within just a couple of minutes - he didn't need to engage in the elaborate rituals he did in the past. He was picking at his skin less and was much more able sit and focus on a task. He was also rocking less frequently.
After 10 weeks of the REI Custom Program, M.S. was much less compulsive which was demonstrated each week by his ability to go straight to his therapist’s office without engaging in ritualistic behaviors. He rarely picked at his skin and would stop if asked to do so. He no longer felt the need to rock and preferred listening to the REI Custom Program CD when he was anxious. His ability to focus and sit still had improved considerably - he was able to focus at a near age appropriate level.
He is continuing to see gains from the CDs and is still listening to them everyday.
Anxiety and Sleep Disturbance Case Study
Subject detail: K. C.
32 y/o female
Before beginning the program K.C.’s sleep was poor. She would often fall sleep within an hour of going to bed but she generally woke several times a night and had trouble getting back to sleep because she worried about things. She also experienced anxious thoughts throughout the day. The worst times being when she drove in her car. This anxiety often resulted in her getting disoriented and feeling lost even when on familiar roads. She also wouldn’t travel on a plane. In addition K.C. was disorganized and often missed appointments.
After about 3 weeks using the REI Custom Program, K.C. began sleeping through the night. In the rare ocassions where she did wkae up at night, she found that she could turn CD#1 on and her anxious thoughts would quickly dissipate.
At the 8 week point of listening, she was consistently sleeping through the night with only the occasional night where she woke up. Again, turning on CD#1 would help her get back to sleep within 20 minutes (the length of the CD). She found that she was more energetic during the day and was more organized. She also began implementing a organizational system to help to keep on top of things. As a result she hadn’t missed any appointments in six weeks. Her anxiety during the day had reduced significantly - she was able to drive to and from work without getting anxious, though she still didn’t feel comfortable driving anywhere new.
After 16 weeks, K.C. was still sleeping well - only woke occasionally at night but would be able to get back to sleep quickly by playing her CD. She continued to improve in her ability to manage her anxious thoughts. She took a plane to a conference for the first time.
After 5 years, she reported that her sleep was still good and her overall anxiety level was still very low even though she hadn’t heard CD in three years.
Anxiety and Fatigue case study
27 y/o female
Fatigue and anxiety
When G.B. began the REI Custom Program she was experiencing severe fatigue in the afternoons, which required her to go home from work at lunch to take nap in order to have the energy necessary to finish her day. As well, she described having feelings of anxiety for which she was seeing a therapist. She chose to try to REI Custom Program after using Calming Rhythms for her nap and noticing that she had more energy after listening to it.
After 1 1/2 weeks of using her REI Custom Program CD#1, she described that she had much more energy and didn’t feel the need to go home at lunch to take a nap. Instead she played her CD while she ate lunch. As well, so found that she spontaneously left her apartment one evening to go on a walk. Prior to this occasion she would need to get in her car from the basement garage and drive a few blocks in order to take a walk due to her anxiety over leaving the front door of her apartment building. She had been working on this issue in therapy for several years with no improvement ntil beginning the REI Custom Program CDs.
After 8 weeks on the REI Custom Program, G.B. has much more energy and didn’t experience the afternoon fatigue that she had in the past. She also fond herself no longer having anxiety about leaving her apartment building on foot and took her daily walk without needing to drive her car from her building. She was continuing to listen daily to CD#2 during her lunch break.