Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a distressing condition that intrudes on every area of your life, controlling your thoughts and actions. At Blackhawk TMS, the highly skilled team of mental health experts offers an alternative solution to the treatment of conditions like OCD for patients in the Danville and Napa areas of California. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment that is far safer than medication, so if you want to find out how TMS can help free you of OCD, call Blackhawk TMS today, or book an appointment online.
OCD stands for obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mental health problem that causes extreme psychological distress and seriously interferes with daily life.
OCD generates obsessions that you strive to control using repetitive behaviors. These behaviors become a compulsion, so you find it impossible to carry out simple tasks without enacting a certain ritual, such as flicking a light switch a certain number of times before leaving a room.
While most people who have OCD have both obsessions and compulsions, it’s possible to have only one or the other. Many people aren’t aware they have OCD, but the obsessions and compulsions are very time consuming, and other people may notice even if you aren’t aware of them yourself.
Obsessive thoughts are ones that you wish you didn’t have but that you’re powerless to prevent, especially when you’re trying to concentrate on something else. These thoughts could be unpleasant images or urges, or just persistent ideas and beliefs. Typical obsessions include:
These obsessions cause you to feel uncomfortable or afraid, for instance, if you need everything on your desk to be laid out in a precise order, you find it intensely stressful when anything is out of place.
Compulsions are behaviors you repeat in an effort to reduce the stress caused by your obsession, or because you believe something terrible will happen if you don’t complete a specific ritual. Completing compulsive rituals keeps stress at bay temporarily, but doesn’t provide lasting relief. Typical compulsions include:
These actions usually take up a great deal of time and may cause physical harm, for example washing your hands until your skin is sore.
OCD treatment focuses on controlling symptoms so they aren’t taking over your life. Antidepressant medications in conjunction with psychotherapy can produce good results for many people with OCD, particularly CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and ERP (exposure and response prevention therapy).
If despite these treatments, OCD is still controlling your life, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) could be an effective alternative. The FDA is currently considering approval of TMS for OCD, but it’s available now from Blackhawk TMS as an off-label treatment option.
To find out more, call Blackhawk TMS today, or book an appointment online.