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 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by frequent upsetting thoughts that are called obsessions. To try to control them, a person will have strong feelings to repeat certain rituals or behaviors called compulsions. People with OCD can't control these obsessions and compulsions.

People with OCD have two common symptoms:

  • uncontrollable obsessions (repeated thoughts, impulses, feelings, ideas and sensations)
  • compulsive behaviors (repeated actions or thoughts to try to make their obsessions go away)

Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The Ohio State University Medical Center is a leading center for performing deep brain stimulation (DBS) for treatment of OCD and other conditions. DBS is considered a treatment when patients with severe OCD have no significant benefit from medications and/or behavioral therapies. DBS is also known as a brain pacemaker. The implanted device delivers tiny electrical signals that calm abnormal brain signals to alleviate the symptoms of OCD and improve quality of life.

Why Choose the Center for Neuromodulation at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

  • Ohio State provides a leading-edge surgical procedure for patients with OCD. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an implanted device that helps to alleviate symptoms and restore function to patients with OCD.
  • Our DBS team includes physicians from our nationally ranked Neurology and Neurosurgery programs. U.S.News & World Report ranks these programs among the best in the nation. Our team of specialists including neurosurgeons, psychiatrists and psychologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, as well as our nurses, physician assistants and patient coordinators, work together to ensure best possible patient outcomes.
  • Ohio State is conducting advanced research that will improve future treatment of psychiatric disorders such as OCD.
  • Our successful DBS program is due, in part, to the strong multidisciplinary teamwork and collaboration among our neurosurgeons, movement disorder neurologists, psychiatrists and psychologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, as well as our nurses, physician assistants and patient coordinators. This teamwork and our comprehensive evaluations ensure optimal selection of surgical candidates and enable us to make the best choices for patient outcomes.
  • Ali Rezai, MD, a world-renowned neurosurgeon and neuromodulation specialist, is the director of the Center for Neuromodulation. Dr. Rezai is an internationally recognized DBS surgeon who has performed more than 1,600 DBS surgeries and thousands more neuromodulation procedures. Dr. Rezai and his work have been highlighted on the popular CBS news program "60 Minutes" and the PBS series "Wired Science."

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