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OCD Specialist

Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc.

Board-Certified Adult Psychiatry and Neurology & Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Chula Vista, CA

If you’re having recurring thoughts and behaviors that you feel the need to repeat over and over, you may be among the 2.2 million adults in America living with the anxiety disorder called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). At Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc., in Chula Vista, California, Benjamin Gross, MD, and the team of experienced mental health workers specialize in treating OCD and other anxiety disorders. To get relief from your OCD symptoms, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.


What is OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is a severe anxiety disorder that causes unwanted, recurring thoughts (obsessions), and behaviors (compulsions), that interfere with your daily life. The most common obsessive thoughts are about contamination fears, the need to have things in a specific order, or sexual imagery.

Compulsions are the result of trying to suppress the unwanted obsessive thoughts or impulses in an effort to neutralize them with another thought or behavior. Common repetitive compulsions include hand washing, repeating words silently or out loud, or reordering and checking on things.

What causes OCD?

The exact cause of OCD is unknown, but it is a common disorder that affects males and females equally, and all ages. Most people are diagnosed by age 19, with boys having earlier onset than girls, but diagnosis after age 35 does happen. 

The risk factors for OCD include:

  • Brain functioning and structure
  • Genetics
  • Environment


Research indicates OCD runs in families and that genes are partly responsible for causing the disorder.

How is OCD diagnosed?

There are no laboratory tests or brain imaging tests to diagnose OCD. The mental health professionals at Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc., make the diagnosis based on observation and assessment of your symptoms.

How is OCD treated?

The most common treatment for OCD involves prescription medications or psychotherapy, sometimes both at the same time. Most patients receiving OCD treatment experience an improvement in their symptoms but may continue to experience symptoms even with treatment.

Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc., also offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with the BrainsWay®  treatment platform for OCD, a non-invasive form of brain stimulation. Magnetic fields stimulate the nerve cells in your brain to increase brain activity and offer symptom relief.

During TMS therapy you wear a magnetic coil helmet, which delivers magnetic energy. You may feel a tapping or clicking sensation during the process. 

It is common for people with OCD to also have other mental health disorders, like depression, general anxiety, or a condition in which you mistakenly believe that part of your body is abnormal (body dysmorphic disorder).

Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc., takes all of your symptoms and disorders into consideration when customizing a treatment plan to help reduce your OCD symptoms.

To learn more about OCD and how TMS can benefit your overall mental health, contact Dymphna San Diego TMS, Inc., by phone, or schedule a consultation online today. 

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