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We Take the Guesswork Out of Psychiatry

Do you have intrusive thoughts that keep looping in your head? Do you feel compelled to do certain things over and over? It could be obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). An estimated 1.2% of Americans (over 2 million people) struggle with OCD, a condition that is characterized by obsessions and compulsions that can be debilitating.

Obsessions are unwanted, repetitive thoughts, mental images, or impulses that can be frightening or distressing. People with OCD may have recurring thoughts about:

  • Contamination and Germs
  • Doubt
  • Sexuality
  • Violence
  • Worry

Compulsions are behaviors or actions you feel you MUST perform repetitively. People with OCD often have rigid self-imposed rules about how these actions must be performed and they can become elaborate rituals. Common compulsions include:

  • Hand-washing
  • Counting
  • Checking (for example, to see if doors are locked or the stove is turned off)
  • Touching (especially in a particular order)
  • Picking at skin
  • Pulling hair

Several other conditions have obsessive-compulsive qualities and are considered obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (OCSD). These include:

  • Tourette Syndrome (involuntary, repetitive tics, movements, or vocalizations)
  • Kleptomania (compulsive stealing)
  • Compulsive shopping
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (fixation on perceived physical defects or flaws)
  • Hyperchondriasis (excessive preoccupation or worry about having an illness)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

When symptoms of OCD or OCSD are interfering with your daily life — at work, at home, or in your relationships — that’s when you need to seek help. Similarly, if your child is exhibiting compulsive, repetitive behaviors or complaining about incessant bad thoughts, it’s important to seek an evaluation. Did you know that approximately 30% of people with OCD experienced their first signs of the condition when they were a child?

Struggling with OCD or OCSD can be distressing. It’s important to understand that having symptoms of this condition is not a character flaw or a sign of personal weakness. It is a biological problem in the brain. Unfortunately, most doctors never look at the brain with imaging, so people often go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed and given the wrong kind of treatment.

Getting the Right Treatment Depends on the Right Diagnosis

Like many other disorders, OCD is not a single or simple condition. One size does NOT fit all! That’s why it is so important to find the underlying root cause. At Amen Clinics, we use leading-edge brain imaging technology to help identify OCD and OCSD in the brain. Brain imaging studies show that people with OCD tend to have too much activity in specific regions of the brain that are typically involved in shifting attention from one subject to another. When this area is overactive, a person can get “stuck” on a particular thought or behavior.

With the world’s largest database of functional brain scans — 150,000 and growing — from patients from all 50 states and 120 countries, our physicians are able to more accurately diagnose OCD and related conditions than any other healthcare professionals.

Get a Personalized Treatment Plan for OCD with Proven Results

Since 1989, Amen Clinics has helped thousands of people overcome OCD with targeted solutions that are proven to produce higher than average success rates.

We believe in taking a comprehensive brain-body approach to OCD and OCSD that involves the least toxic, most effective strategies. This includes utilizing natural supplements, nutrition, exercise, neurofeedback, helpful forms of therapy, and medication (when necessary)—all personalized for your specific needs.