OCD Specialist

TMS/ADHD and Wellness Clinic of Queens

TMS & Board Certified Psychiatrists located in Queens Village, NY

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by disruptive thoughts and ritualistic behaviors that can negatively impact your life and overall well-being. At TMS/ADHD and Wellness Clinic of Queens, Gadalla Makar, MD, and the team of clinical mental health specialists provide evaluations, diagnosis, and innovative treatments including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and therapy for OCD. Call the practice Queens Village, New York, or schedule an appointment online today for expert mental health services.

OCD Q & A

What is OCD?

OCD is a specific anxiety disorder that causes recurring, intrusive thoughts, ideas, or sensations, referred to as obsessions, which then drive repetitive behaviors, which are called compulsions. While everyone has focused thoughts or repeated actions, OCD-related thoughts and activities get in the way of your regular life and activities.

OCD usually emerges in late adolescence or early adulthood, and your symptoms may begin mildly and become progressively more severe as time goes on. As with many health conditions, the earlier you get a diagnosis and start treatment, the more quickly you can recover and avoid extremely disruptive symptoms.

What are the symptoms of OCD?

OCD can cause both obsessions and compulsions. Obsessive symptoms include:

  • Fear of contamination, germs, or dirt
  • Intense need for order and symmetry
  • Sexual or religious preoccupations
  • Unwanted aggression
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or others

Compulsive symptoms include:

  • Repetitive and extreme washing or cleaning
  • Strict orderliness
  • Checking repeatedly that a task has been completed
  • Counting
  • Following strict routines
  • Demanding reassurances

OCD symptoms can range in severity, and you may experience both obsessions and compulsions.

OCD symptoms and behaviors can have a severe impact on your life and well-being, making it difficult for you to attend work, school, or even social events. OCD can also disrupt your relationships.

How is OCD treated?

The team at TMS/ADHD and Wellness Clinic of Queens provides comprehensive assessments and evaluations to confirm your OCD diagnosis and the severity of your condition. Then, depending on your specific needs, your provider creates a treatment plan combining medication, TMS, and talk therapy to help you recover from your illness.

Medication and TMS help to regulate your brain chemistry and activity, which should reduce your obsessions and compulsions and provide the mental clarity for you to focus on resolving any underlying issues in therapy. Therapy can also help you learn to recognize your thoughts and control your responses.  

The team at TMS/ADHD and Wellness Clinic of Queens knows that OCD can have a disruptive effect on your whole life and work with you to improve all aspects of your well-being. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today to find out how TMS/ADHD and Wellness Clinic of Queens can help you address your OCD.