Northern Psychiatric Associates
The mental health clinic of choice in the Brainerd Lakes Area

NPA Blog

Northern Psychiatric Associates Blog

On Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: OCD Obsessions, Compulsions, Expressions, & Treatment

In obsessive compulsive disorder, a person finds themselves unable to dismiss or get rid of unwanted thoughts, ideas, or images in their minds. The person experiences anxiety and distress, which they try to rid themselves of by doing a certain action or ritual (compulsion). The compulsion can be either behavioral (e.g. washing hands due to a fear of being contaminated) or mental (e.g. repeating words, counting, or mental checking due to a fear of “bad thoughts”). OCD can be very distressing and time consuming. 

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Our TMS Treatment Update

We have providing Transcanial Stimulation in the Brainerd and Baxter area for about 3 months now and we continue to be impressed with the efficacy and tolerability we have seen. Most folks present with a fear that either the treatment itself will be uncomfortable or that they will see no benefit from it. Although we can’t make bold claims (the FDA gets uber irritated) I can say that our successes have impressed me.

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