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, 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.
Common symptoms of OCD include:
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.
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.
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.
Your personalized OCD treatment plan is based on the severity of your symptoms. Dr. Fox might recommend:
Taking certain medications can reduce OCD symptoms or symptoms of anxiety and depression that coincide with OCD.
Talk therapy, or psychotherapy, with Dr. Fox teaches you behavioral modification strategies that help you better cope with OCD.
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.