What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder, characterized by obsessions (compulsive thoughts) and physical compulsions or urges. Particular obsessions are often accompanied by fear or anxiety. The World Health Organization lists OCD as one of the top ten most debilitating diseases, in terms of lost productivity and its impact on quality of life. OCD is found to arise more commonly in women than in men, however, can impact both men and women equally.
OCD may present itself in a variety of ways but the most common feature is an obsession to undertake certain actions or rituals. An individual may carry out these acts (compulsions) in response to obsessive thoughts. For others, these acts may seem unnecessary, but for an affected person these actions are vital and must be performed to alleviate anxiety. This may be a compulsion to check whether a door is locked, for example.
Key indicators of OCD
Some key indicators of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder include:
• Recurring and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images which are experienced as forced or irrational and cause anxiety or stress
• The thoughts, impulses, or images are greater than an exaggerated concern
• The person attempts to ignore the thoughts, impulses, or images, or to suppress them with some other thought or action.
• The person is aware that the obsessive thoughts and impulses are a product of their own mind.
Treating OCD with rTMS
The Listen And Learn Centre does not currently provide rTMS as a treatment option for individuals with OCD. However, individuals seeking assistance or advice regarding this treatment are able to contact the Listen And Learn Centre for contact information, support services and referrals to practitioners providing this treatment.