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What is OCD?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental health condition characterized by uncontrollable, recurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that the individual feels compelled to repeat. OCD can significantly impact daily life, causing distress and interfering with normal routines, social interactions, and relationships.

Obsessions vs Compulsions


Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that cause significant anxiety or distress. Common obsessions include:

  1. Contamination Fears: Excessive fear of germs, dirt, or illness.
  2. Fear of Harm: Persistent worries about causing harm to oneself or others, either accidentally or intentionally.
  3. Unwanted Sexual Thoughts: Disturbing and intrusive sexual thoughts or images.
  4. Religious Obsessions (Scrupulosity): Extreme concern with religious or moral issues.
  5. Perfectionism: Intense anxiety over things being perfect or done in a specific way.
  6. Symmetry and Orderliness: Obsession with things being symmetrical, orderly, or arranged in a specific manner.


Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that a person feels driven to perform. These behaviors are aimed at reducing anxiety, although they are not realistically connected to the feared outcome. Common compulsions include:

  1. Cleaning and Washing: Excessive handwashing, showering, or cleaning objects.
  2. Checking: Repeatedly checking locks, appliances, or situations to prevent harm or ensure nothing bad happens.
  3. Counting: Engaging in specific counting rituals or doing things a certain number of times.
  4. Reassurance Seeking: Frequently asking others for reassurance or checking for reassurance in various ways.
  5. Mental Compulsions: Engaging in repetitive mental acts to neutralize obsessions.

Our Approach to Treating OCD

At TMS El Paso, we understand that OCD can be overwhelming and significantly impact your daily life. Our comprehensive treatment approach is designed to address your unique needs and help you regain control and achieve a sense of well-being. We offer a combination of advanced therapies, including lifestyle changes, personalized psychotherapy, medication management, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.

Diagnostic Process

A thorough and accurate diagnosis is the first step in effectively treating OCD. Our diagnostic process includes:

  • Psychiatric Evaluation: A detailed psychiatric evaluation is conducted by our experienced psychiatric nurse practitioners to assess your mental health history, current symptoms, and any underlying conditions. This comprehensive evaluation helps in formulating a precise diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.
  • Psychological Testing: We utilize a variety of psychological assessments to evaluate the severity and nature of your OCD. These tests help us gain a deeper understanding of your symptoms and identify any co-occurring conditions.
  • EEG Brain Mapping: This advanced technique involves recording the electrical activity of your brain. EEG brain mapping helps us identify specific patterns associated with OCD, allowing for a more targeted treatment approach.


Treatments for OCD

Lifestyle Changes

We emphasize the importance of lifestyle changes in managing OCD. Our holistic approach includes guidance on:

  • Exercise: Regular physical activity can significantly reduce OCD symptoms and improve overall mental health.
  • Nutrition: A balanced diet can influence mood and energy levels, contributing to better OCD management.
  • Sleep: Ensuring adequate and quality sleep is crucial for mental health. We provide strategies to improve sleep hygiene and address sleep disorders.
  • Stress Management: Techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can help you manage stress and reduce OCD symptoms.



Our experienced therapists provide individualized psychotherapy to help you understand and manage your OCD. We use evidence-based approaches, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This form of therapy focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to OCD. CBT is highly effective in helping patients develop coping strategies and improve their emotional regulation.
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP): This specialized form of CBT involves gradual exposure to feared objects or thoughts and preventing the ritualistic behaviors typically used to reduce anxiety. ERP is considered the gold standard in OCD treatment.


Medication Management

For some individuals, medication can be an essential part of OCD treatment. Our psychiatric nurse practitioners are skilled in prescribing and managing medications that can help reduce OCD symptoms. We work closely with you to monitor your response to medication and make adjustments as needed to ensure optimal effectiveness with minimal side effects.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. TMS has been proven effective in reducing symptoms of OCD, especially for those who have not responded to traditional treatments. This innovative therapy is conducted in a comfortable outpatient setting and has minimal side effects, making it a viable option for many patients.

Comprehensive Care

At TMS El Paso, we are committed to providing comprehensive care tailored to your specific needs. Our multidisciplinary team collaborates to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses all aspects of your OCD. We are here to support you every step of the way on your journey to better mental health.

Understanding Your Insurance's Coverage

Some insurance providers offer coverage for psychiatric services. Our team will work closely with your health insurance benefits, manage any necessary pre-authorizations, and ensure you are fully informed about your coverage and costs prior to your appointment.

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