OCD Specialist

Advanced Mental Health Care Inc.

Psychiatrists & Psychologists located in Palm Beach, FL & Royal Palm Beach, FL

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric problem that’s often minimized in popular culture and casual reference. OCD is commonly portrayed as little more than a personality quirk. In reality, OCD is a serious condition that can be devastating. At Advanced Mental Health Care, a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and support staff work to help people in the Greater Palm Beach, Florida, area find effective treatment options for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Call AMHC today, or schedule an initial consultation online.

OCD Q & A

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?

OCD is an anxiety disorder that leads people to experience unwanted, recurring thoughts (obsessions) that drive them to repetitive actions (compulsions).

Everyone goes through periods where they're preoccupied with singular thoughts or engage in repetitive behaviors. For people with OCD, however, the combination of thoughts and actions is overwhelming and interferes with their daily lives.

Some people with OCD can recognize that their need to engage in repetitive behaviors is not grounded in reality, while others believe that there is nothing unusual about their obsessions and actions.

An estimated 1.2% of Americans suffer from OCD, and if you’re among them, it’s important to seek treatment.

What are the symptoms of OCD?

People experience OCD in a variety of ways, but they all share an inability to control their obsessive thoughts and an urgent need to perform some type of repetitive action.

Common symptoms of OCD include:

  • Repeating certain words or phrases to dispel anxiety
  • An abnormal focus on cleaning one’s living space or body
  • A strong need to constantly order or arrange things to reduce anxiety
  • Obsessive thoughts about symmetry, sex, or contamination
  • Constant urges to check for personal errors or signs of harm

Certain mental conditions are closely related to OCD, including hoarding, body dysmorphia, and compulsive hair-pulling or skin-picking. Any of these conditions should prompt a call to Advanced Mental Health Care to begin a treatment path.

What are the treatment options for OCD?

One of the most promising treatments for OCD is known as exposure with response prevention, or ERP. This approach is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy where you are exposed to your fears in a clinical environment with the support of your therapist. As you experience the fear response, you learn to cope in ways that do not involve reliance on repetitive actions.

ERP is often used in conjunction with certain medications to help you learn to manage your OCD. An estimated 70% of people can find relief using a combination of ERP and medication.

If that approach is not effective, there’s research supporting the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in treating OCD. Advanced Mental Health Care is the most experienced site in the USA for administering dTMS for OCD, practitioners at Advanced Mental Health Care can provide cutting-edge TMS therapy. Deep TMS is now FDA approved for the treatment of OCD.

To explore the possibility of using TMS therapy to treat your OCD, call or book an appointment online today.