OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
What is OCD?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition in which a person has uncontrollable, recurring, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors (compulsions) they have an unavoidable urge to perform repeatedly.
With OCD, the obsessive thoughts are usually coupled with intense negative feelings, such as fear, disgust, uncertainty, and doubt that cause extreme anxiety, which then interfere with the person’s ability to function. There are many common themes of obsessive thoughts, including sexual, religious, perfectionism, death, and fear of contamination, violence, or responsibility.
People with OCD may engage in compulsive behaviors in an attempt relieve the distress caused by the obsessive thoughts. They believe ritualistic behavior is necessary to prevent negative consequences. Common compulsions include excessive washing/cleaning, checking, counting, repeating, or cancelling/undoing actions, or putting things in order.
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Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - causes, symptoms & pathology
What Treatments are Available for OCD?
Seventy percent of people with OCD benefit from treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy and/or psychiatric medications (serotonin reuptake inhibitors) have been proven to be the most effective treatments for OCD. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that helps to change a person’s behaviors and thoughts. With CBT for OCD (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) / Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Consistently, CBT/ERP) a person with OCD can regain self-confidence by facing their fears and learning skills to control their thoughts and actions.
At Neuro Behavioral Center, we offer the following treatment options for OCD.
Therapists use various types of psychotherapy to treat OCD. Through psychotherapy, patients learn coping mechanisms to regain control over their thoughts and emotions.
Medications are often used to treat the symptoms of OCD. The specific type needed depends on the patient’s health and needs.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive (non-surgical) treatment for OCD. TMS therapy uses pulsed magnetic fields delivered through an electromagnetic coil placed on the scalp to induce an electric current in the targeted region of the brain to help regulate brain chemistry.
In 2018, the FDA approved Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as an adjunctive treatment of OCD in adults. Research studies show 45-55% of patients have fewer symptoms after receiving TMS for OCD. TMS reduces OCD symptoms without the systemic side effects that may occur with oral medications.
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Each person has their own unique thoughts and feelings. As such, an individual evaluation is important for the best treatment outcome. We accept most major insurance carriers — including Medicare and Medicaid — so that finances never get in the way of getting the help you need. If you or a loved one are struggling with OCD or another mental health problem, call Neuro Behavioral Center at (508) 660-1666 to schedule a consultation, or request an appointment online.