Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for OCD
Are you, or a loved one, finding your OCD treatment ineffective?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-medication therapy cleared by the FDA to help treat obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and smoking addiction in patients who have not found relief with standard treatments.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental disorder involving repetitive anxiety-inducing thoughts and behaviors, like feeling the need to wash your hands excessively. Usually, OCD is treated with behavioral therapy or medication like SSRIs, an antidepressant that increases levels of serotonin in the brain. While these forms of treatment can be successful, some people will experience treatment resistance and need further help.
TMS for OCD works by targeting and regulating overactive parts of the brain associated with OCD, offering a new way to treat the disorder.
How does TMS work?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the parts of the brain believed to be involved in regulating mood and emotions. The TMS system sends rapid pulses, similar in type and strength to those produced by an MRI machine, through a magnetic coil to deep parts of the brain that were previously unreachable by other treatments.
The magnetic fields do not directly affect your whole brain; instead, they reach specific parts of the brain directly beneath the treatment coil. Moving into the brain, the magnetic pulses produce tiny electrical currents, which directly stimulate parts of the brain known to be associated with OCD, to regulate these overactive brain structures.
Some medical and scientific studies have found TMS treatment of OCD to be largely successful, with little side effects. A 2019 study across 11 centers published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found a drastic difference in those who were given deep TMS for their OCD and those who were not. The study concluded that deep TMS “significantly improved OCD symptoms and may be considered as a potential intervention for patients who do not respond adequately to pharmacological and psychological interventions.”
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What to Expect:
To undergo TMS therapy, you will first receive a health assessment to determine your specific needs.
- All TMS therapy happens under supervision in a psychiatrist’s office.
- Most of these sessions will last about 30-45 minutes.
- During a TMS session, you will sit in a comfortable chair and remain alert.
- Once the machine is operating, you may hear clicking sounds and feel tapping sensations on your forehead.
- After each session, you can return to work, driving, and other activities as normal.
For obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment with TMS you will be expected to attend daily sessions for 6 weeks.
If TMS works for you, you will experience your OCD symptoms improve or even go away completely. TMS is safe if you are also receiving oral medications for your condition. Because OCD involves several different factors, including lifestyle and environment, your doctor may recommend you receive talk therapy and other treatment approaches along with TMS.
How can I get started with TMS?
To see if TMS is right for you, please complete the form below to find our if you are a candidate. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 877-876-3783 and our intake team will be happy to help.