OCD Specialist

James Fox, MD -  - Adult Psychiatrist

James Fox, MD

Adult Psychiatrist & TMS located in Summerville, SC

Just over 1% of adults in the United States suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) at any given time. If obsessive or compulsive behavior and anxiety diminish your quality of life, help is within reach at the office of psychiatrist James Fox, MD, in Summerville, South Carona. Dr. Fox and his team offer advanced, innovative OCD treatments to make everyday activities easier and restore a happy life. Schedule an evaluation with Dr. Fox over the phone or online today.

OCD Q & A

What is OCD?

OCD, also known as obsessive-compulsive disorder, is a mental health disorder associated with unreasonable, obsessive thoughts or fears, anxiety, and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). OCD can interfere with everyday activities and cause problems at work, school, or in relationships. Simple treatments can reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life.


What are the symptoms of OCD? 

Common symptoms of OCD include:

  • Obsession
  • Fear of germs or dirt
  • Being extremely orderly
  • Compulsive thoughts
  • Thoughts of harming others or yourself
  • Doubts about turning off a stove or locking doors
  • Stress when things appear messy
  • Not shaking hands or touching doorknobs to avoid germs
  • Consistent unpleasant thoughts
  • Compulsion
  • Constant hand washing or cleaning
  • Persistent orderliness
  • Demanding reassurance
  • Following strict routines
  • Checking things repeatedly
  • Being a perfectionist


If you have OCD, you likely experience symptoms associated with compulsions and obsessions. The severity of OCD symptoms varies from person to person. If you have OCD, you might also experience constant sadness or worry.


What are the risk factors for OCD?

Risk factors for developing OCD include a family history of OCD, experiencing stressful life events, and having another mental health disorder. Examples include depression, anxiety, tic disorders, or substance abuse. However, anybody can develop OCD.


How is OCD diagnosed?

Mild cases of OCD might not negatively affect your life, but if OCD prevents you from enjoying life to its fullest or participating in your favorite activities, see Dr. Fox for an evaluation. To diagnose your condition, he reviews your medical history and completes an exam. He and his team ask questions about your symptoms and review treatment options. 


What is the treatment for OCD?

Your personalized OCD treatment plan is based on the severity of your symptoms. Dr. Fox might recommend:

Medications

Taking certain medications can reduce OCD symptoms or symptoms of anxiety and depression that coincide with OCD.

Psychotherapy

Talk therapy, or psychotherapy, with Dr. Fox teaches you behavioral modification strategies that help you better cope with OCD.

TMS

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a revolutionary technology that uses magnetic impulses to stimulate nerve cells in your brain associated with mood. Dr. Fox uses express TMS therapy, which takes just three to five minutes per session. The procedure is noninvasive with no downtime.

If OCD negatively affects your job or interpersonal relationships, schedule an evaluation over the phone or online with Dr. Fox and his team today.