The usual approach to reducing the effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) includes medication and talk therapy. If these methods aren’t relieving your symptoms or you want to try an alternative to medication, undergoing TMS for OCD at LiveWell TMS in Huntington, New York, could be the ideal solution. Nina Greif, DO, DABPN, specializes in TMS for OCD, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For a drug-free, safe, and effective way to relieve your OCD, call LiveWell TMS today and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
OCD has two distinct sides: obsessions and compulsions.
The obsessional side of OCD involves having thoughts or beliefs over which you have no control. Very often, these thoughts are troubling or even repulsive to you, but you can’t get them out of your head.
In an effort to manage the obsessions, your mind creates habits and rituals, which form the compulsive side of OCD. Compulsions are typically repetitive behaviors that you feel you must complete to protect yourself and others.
OCD affects how you function day to day, causing severe emotional distress. Without expert treatment, OCD can take over to the degree that it becomes impossible to function normally.
OCD symptoms usually develop quite slowly, and it’s not unusual for the people around you to notice the changes in your behavior before you’re aware of them yourself.
Obsessions typically develop first, and you find your thoughts drawn to a subject or idea that you can’t stop thinking about. You might become obsessed with preventing infection, and worry about germs and contamination all the time. You might find you get increasingly focused on ideas about religion, violence, or the supernatural.
In fact, anything can form the basis of your obsession. The distress you feel about having these uncontrollable thoughts can make many everyday situations intolerable and even cause panic attacks.
To try and control your obsessions, you start performing compulsive acts like:
Turning dials and flicking switches a set number of times are typical examples of compulsions. If you have an obsession with infection, you might have to wash your hands so many times every day that they start to bleed. Compulsions can also take up a great deal of time, preventing you from getting on with your life.
Treatments for OCD usually involve taking medications and undergoing psychotherapy. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) are often effective in helping people manage their OCD.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a safe, noninvasive, and painless process that uses magnetic waves to help balance the chemicals in your brain. At your LiveWell TMS treatment sessions, Dr. Greif sends carefully calibrated magnetic pulses into the mood centers of your brain. This encourages the formation of neurotransmitters, which are feel-good chemicals that can lighten your mood.
You need to attend daily sessions at LiveWell TMS on Monday through Friday for six weeks, and then you have less frequent sessions for another couple of weeks. Dr. Greif can adjust this program to suit your individual needs where necessary. Each session takes less than 20 minutes, on average, with no downtime afterward.
Find out more about TMS for OCD by calling LiveWell TMS or book an appointment online.