OCD Specialist

Boris Kawliche, MD -  - Psychiatry

Brandon TMS and Psychiatry

Boris Kawliche, MD

Psychiatry located in Brandon, FL

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a type of anxiety disorder that can cause significant distress and interfere with your daily routines. Brandon TMS and Psychiatry in Brandon, Florida, has more than two decades of experience evaluating and treating OCD and has helped hundreds of men and women find relief. To learn more about the practice’s approach to OCD, schedule a visit online or over the phone for a one-on-one consultation.

OCD Q & A

What is an obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a serious anxiety disorder that affects an estimated 1.3% of the American population. 

For many, symptoms of OCD develop during childhood through early adulthood. A combination of obsessions and compulsions characterize the condition. 

 


Obsessions are persistent thoughts, images, or impulses that cause you to become anxious, upset, or disgusted. 

You may recognize that these thoughts are not exactly in line with reality, but you cannot always ignore or control them. Some of the more common obsessions involve worries about danger, contamination, sexual behaviors, or a need for symmetry or order. 

Compulsions are thoughts or behaviors that are repetitive in nature and performed in response to an obsession. 

They are done to try and mitigate the perceived harm from the obsession. For example, a person with an obsession about contamination may wash their hands dozens of times a day, well beyond what’s needed to reduce the risk of infection. 

What are some other compulsive behaviors?

There are numerous behaviors linked to OCD. Some of the more common include:

  • Checking to ensure doors are locked and appliances are turned off
  • Cleaning the body or home to remove all traces of germs, dirt, or chemicals
  • Repeating words or phrases to lessen anxiety about potential harm
  • Ordering or arranging things to reduce discomfort
  • Silently repeating mantras or prayers to try and avoid harm

Researchers have found links between OCD and other conditions like body dysmorphia, hoarding, and behaviors like picking at the skin or pulling hair. Brandon TMS and Psychiatry offers multiple treatment paths that can help you improve OCD symptoms. 

How can TMS help treat OCD?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an FDA-approved treatment for depression, but many psychiatrists, like those at Brandon TMS and Psychiatry, use the treatment off-label to help men and women with obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

Because OCD has ties to overactive function in certain areas of the brain, TMS therapy can help regulate brain activity and improve function. 

It’s important to understand that no type of therapy has been shown to reliably “cure” OCD. However, men and women who undergo a TMS therapy regimen often find their symptoms are easier to manage. 

That can improve your daily quality of life and help you regain control over your thought patterns and behaviors. 

If you’d like to learn more about TMS and other treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder, visit Brandon TMS and Psychiatry for a personalized consultation at your earliest convenience. 

Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your life, or you can always call to check appointment availability.