Everyone has routines they follow. However, when your habits are accompanied by anxiety or fear and disrupt your regular activities, you may have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Teresa M. Anderson, MD, is a leading psychiatrist in Cincinnati. At her private practice, Dr. Anderson provides expert diagnosis and treatment for OCD, including psychotherapy, oral medicines, ketamine infusion therapy, and personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (PrTMS™). Call Teresa M. Anderson, M.D., Inc., or schedule a consultation online today.
OCD is a specific type of anxiety disorder characterized by obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are intrusive, focused thoughts, ideas, and sensations. Compulsions are repetitive, ritualistic behaviors that you continually perform despite potentially negative consequences.
While everyone has repetitive thoughts and follows routines, if you have OCD, your thoughts are persistent and intrusive. Your behaviors are rigid, disruptive, and cause distress when you can’t complete them. Your compulsive behaviors are often driven by your obsessive thoughts. For example, if you’re obsessed with cleanliness or germs, you may compulsively wash your hands to the point where your skin is damaged.
Other common obsessions include:
Common compulsions include:
If you have intrusive or unwanted thoughts or behaviors that are getting in the way of your life, make an appointment with Dr. Anderson today.
Dr. Anderson treats OCD with customized treatment plans. These plans combine medication or other therapies to relieve your symptoms along with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.
Oral medicines, ketamine infusion therapy, and PrTMS™ help to regulate your brain chemistry and neurotransmitter function to reduce your symptoms. Ideally, these treatments provide sufficient relief so that you have the mental clarity and energy to focus on resolving issues that contribute to your condition and learning to change your behaviors in therapy.
Ketamine infusion therapy is a rapid treatment for a variety of mental health conditions, including OCD. Dr. Anderson delivers a small dose of ketamine intravenously to stimulate glutamate production. Glutamate is an amino acid that supports healthy neural function and neurotransmitter growth. Low levels of glutamate are linked to many mental health disorders. When your glutamate levels increase, your brain functions correctly, reducing your OCD symptoms.
PrTMS is a noninvasive, drug-free treatment for mental health conditions such as OCD. PrTMS stimulates underactive neurons with a customized magnetic pulse, regulating brain function in the part of your brain that regulates your mood. The magnetic pulse improves your neurotransmitter function and reduces your OCD symptoms.
If OCD is interfering with your life, call Teresa M. Anderson, M.D., Inc., or make an appointment online for a comprehensive assessment and customized treatment.