Medical experts report that 2% of Americans develop obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and half of them will experience chronic, severe symptoms that disrupt every aspect of their daily lives. Sibyl Simon, MD, and the team at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America offer comprehensive care for OCD, including medication alternatives for previously failed medications, psychotherapy, and alternative treatments for people whose symptoms don’t improve with medication. If you struggle with OCD and need a treatment that enhances your quality of life, call the office in Coral Springs, Florida, or book an appointment online.
OCD is a psychological disorder that causes obsessions and compulsions:
Obsessions are unwanted thoughts and mental images that you can’t control. The thoughts keep recurring, causing extreme anxiety and triggering compulsions.
Compulsions are ritualistic behaviors you feel compelled to perform to alleviate your anxiety and stop your obsessions. Though the behavior may temporarily diminish your anxiety, it doesn’t stop the obsessions.
Obsessions tend to focus on a specific theme. A few of the most common themes include the:
The compulsions you develop typically follow the theme of your obsessions. For example, you may repeatedly wash your hands or shower to eliminate germs, or have the urgent need to rearrange items even when they’re already perfectly lined up.
Treatment for OCD begins with medication and psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. Medication may reduce your symptoms, while talk therapy helps you find ways to relieve the obsessions and resist performing behaviors.
If your OCD symptoms don’t improve after trying two courses of medication, you may be a good candidate for two other treatments that are effective when conventional treatment fails: transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and ketamine infusion therapy.
TMS is a safe, noninvasive procedure that uses electromagnetic pulses to stimulate nerve activity in your brain. Your provider places a device against your head that sends the pulses into a targeted area of your brain. The pulses boost neurotransmitter levels, which improves your OCD symptoms.
The team at Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America proudly uses the Nexstim SmartFocus® TMS device, one of today’s most advanced options.
SmartFocus TMS uses 3D brain imaging to identify the underactive area of your brain. As a result, your treatment reaches the precise area that needs stimulation, and you experience optimal results.
When it’s administered at a low dose, the medication ketamine restores normal levels of a brain chemical called glutamate.
Glutamate regulates mood and anxiety. Additionally, studies show that a glutamate imbalance is associated with OCD. Some patients with treatment-resistant OCD experience significant improvement in their symptoms after receiving intravenous infusions of low-dose ketamine.
If you need help overcoming OCD, call Neuro Wellness TMS Centers of America or schedule an appointment online.