OCD Specialist

North Shore TMS

TMS Specialist & Integrative Psychiatry located in Huntington, NY

If you’re experiencing constant intrusive thoughts that drive you to repeat the same behaviors over and over, you may be suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD can have a debilitating effect on your everyday life and may cause problems with your job or personal relationships. Andrea Carlsen, MD, and the team at North Shore TMS offer medication-free transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatments for OCD, as well as a variety of other evidence-based options that can help you regain control over your OCD symptoms. To learn more about TMS therapy, or to schedule a confidential consultation, call the office in Huntington, New York, today, or make an appointment online.

OCD Q & A

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental health condition characterized by intrusive, recurring thoughts that create the uncontrollable urge to repeat specific behaviors.

Patients with OCD can experience a reduced quality of life because intrusive thoughts and repetitive actions can prevent them from participating in regular activities and interfere with work performance and personal relationships.

The exact cause of OCD isn’t yet known, but researchers believe that genetics, biochemical function, and brain chemistry are factors that contribute to the condition.

What are the symptoms of OCD?

OCD symptoms vary depending on the focus of the obsession and other factors. Most cases of OCD present with both obsessive and compulsive symptoms.

Obsessive symptoms are intrusive thoughts, for example:

  • Fear of dirt or germs
  • Stress when objects are not in precise order
  • Intense worry about personal or home safety
  • Thoughts of self-harm

These obsessive thoughts generate compulsive symptoms, such as:

  • Excessive hand washing
  • Arranging objects in a precise order
  • Repeatedly checking the stove, locks, etc.
  • Repeating specific prayers
  • Cutting and other self-harming behavior

These compulsive behaviors may provide you with some relief from the obsessive symptoms; however, relief is usually temporary. When the obsessive urges return, you feel compelled to repeat the behaviors over and over again.

How is OCD treated?

At North Shore TMS, Dr. Carlsen provides compassionate, effective treatment plans to address your OCD symptoms.

Medication can help control obsessive thoughts and prevent compulsive behavior in many patients; however, some patients don’t respond to medication or can’t tolerate its side effects.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an innovative, medication-free treatment for OCD. TMS therapy delivers magnetic pulses to your brain, stimulating activity in the areas responsible for mood regulation. This results in a long-lasting reduction of both obsessive and compulsive symptoms.

Dr. Carlsen specializes in functional medicine and integrative psychiatry and generally uses a multidisciplinary approach for optimal results. Your personal treatment plan may include:

  • TMS therapy
  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Light therapy
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Diet and exercise counseling

Genetic testing is also available at North Shore TMS. Genetic testing provides information about how your body responds to specific treatment options. This helps Dr. Carlsen provide the best possible treatment for your needs.

If OCD symptoms are causing you distress, schedule a consultation by calling North Shore TMS today, or book online.