Houston OCD Psychiatrist

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder characterized by repetitive, unwanted, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and irrational, excessive urges to do certain actions (compulsions). Those with OCD are typically aware that their thoughts and behavior are irrational. However, they are usually unable to stop them.

Symptoms of OCD often develop during childhood, teenage years, or young adulthood. It is estimated that 1.2% of U.S. adults experience OCD each year. At Houston Mind and Brain, our providers can treat your OCD and help manage your symptoms.

Types of OCD Disorder

If you feel like you may exhibit signs of OCD, we recommend taking the Y-BOCS quiz.

OCD testing in Houston

If you are struggling with OCD, our providers here at Houston Mind and Brain can see you for a consultation and provide you with a diagnosis if necessary. They can then provide you with further guidance on ways to manage and treat your OCD through medications, lifestyle changes, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and psychotherapy.

OCD Treatment

At Houston Mind and Brain, we are happy to offer a wide variety of services to help patients who are struggling with OCD. Our compassionate providers can help patients manage their OCD through medication management. In addition, we offer additional treatments for OCD including FDA approved transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and psychotherapy through our clinic’s psychotherapist.

For OCD, we recommend 29 sessions of TMS over the course of 6 weeks, adjusting as needed to adapt to patient needs and patient response. Ideally, a patient should undergo 5 treatments a week at the same scheduled time. Treatments are 20 minutes each and will occur at our TMS locations.

Houston OCD Psychiatrist

Dr. Raymond Cho is our psychiatrist here at Houston Mind and Brain. He has extensive experience seeing patients with OCD and a wide variety of other mental disorders. Having over 27 years of clinical research involving cognition, brain physiology, and neurostimulation for psychiatric disorders, he is one of the most capable OCD psychiatrists in Houston

Frequently asked Questions about OCD

Some of the most common obsessive thoughts in those with OCD include thoughts about harming someone, doubts about having locked the door or turned off the stove, unpleasant sexual images, and fears of saying inappropriate things in public. However, it is important to note that the nature of each individual’s obsessive thoughts are often unique.

Symptoms of OCD most commonly begin during childhood, teenage years, or young adulthood. However, there are cases where the onset of OCD begins later in life.

Genetics are thought to play a significant role in OCD. Studies have shown that if you, your parent, or a sibling have OCD, there is around a 25% chance that another immediate family member will also have OCD. However, the evidence is not conclusive as to whether this relationship is primarily driven by genetic or environmental factors.

Left untreated, OCD can worsen, leading to more severe obsessions and compulsions. In addition, traumatic or stressful life events may trigger new intrusive thoughts and  rituals or worsen existing ones.

OCD commonly leads to drastically reduced quality of life. Obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors can occupy a majority of one’s waking hours. This leaves inadequate time to tend to other responsibilities and relationships

If OCD is left untreated, it will likely worsen. For this reason, it is important to see a mental health professional early when OCD symptoms arise. At Houston Mind and Brain, we have providers with extensive experience in treating and managing OCD.

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