TMS for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is an effective, FDA-approved depression treatment that has brought relief to more than 65,000 people. But TMS therapy isn’t just effective for depression; it can also help people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
How TMS Therapy Reduces OCD Symptoms
TMS is a non-invasive, drug-free therapy that is used to treat certain brain and mood disorders. TMS therapy is most often used to treat depression, but people with other behavioral health conditions, like anxiety disorder and PTSD, can also benefit from this treatment.
The FDA has approved TMS treatments for OCD as well. TMS uses magnets to create an electromagnetic field like those created for MRI scans, but a much lighter frequency. In a TMS therapy session, the electromagnetic field generates mild magnetic pulses. These have therapeutic effects on the neurons in your brain, helping to normalize their activity levels.
If you have OCD, certain regions of your brain are overactive. With OCD, your brain is able to enter a state called hyperconnectivity. In hyperconnectivity, your brain’s levels of communication and activity increase in several regions, which causes the intrusive thoughts and compulsive behavior you probably experience with OCD. Not only does this lead to increased anxiety, it also makes your anxiety harder to control.
TMS Therapy: Clinically Proven to Significantly Improve OCD Symptoms
The positive effects of TMS on OCD are clinically proven. The treatment can even help people who don’t respond to standard treatments for OCD, such as medication and therapy.
TMS therapy is so effective that BrainsWay®, a global leader in non-invasive treatments for brain disorders, recently received clearance by the FDA for OCD treatment. The treatment protocol includes 30 TMS sessions over a 6-week-period.
What Is TMS for OCD Like?
In a TMS therapy session, an HPR Treatment Centers technician places a small device containing electromagnetic coils gently on your head. When the device is switched on, the coils send regular, mild magnetic pulses into the brain. The magnetic pulses are painless, and the treatment itself has very few side effects. Some people experience mild headaches or discomfort at the treatment site, but this usually goes away after the treatment is over.
Can TMS Therapy Cure OCD?
TMS therapy can reduce your symptoms of OCD and significantly improve your quality of life over the long-term. OCD may still be a part of life, but with TMS therapy, it can become much less overwhelming and easier to manage. You may find that your OCD symptoms go away almost entirely.
Some patients with OCD need booster treatments to maintain their low levels of OCD symptoms. Booster treatments are usually only needed once per year.
When Does TMS Therapy Start to Work?
Your individual response to TMS for OCD may depend on the severity of your OCD symptoms and on how long you’ve been affected by OCD. Most people start to see some changes within the first couple of weeks. For some, it may take a little longer. For others, the changes may happen sooner.
When you’ve been living with OCD for a long time, it can sometimes be difficult to recognize when changes occur, especially when they happen gradually. You might notice that you’re having fewer intrusive thoughts, and those thoughts are less distressing to you. Or you might notice your urges to engage in compulsive behavior are less frequent, and not as strong.
TMS for OCD and Your Insurance
Even though TMS has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of OCD, insurance has not started covering treatment. We hope this will be changed soon and your insurance begins covering OCD treatment.
At HPR Treatment Centers, we want you to get the help you need for your obsessive compulsive disorder. That’s why we offer flexible financing options to pay for treatment.
Living with OCD? TMS Therapy Can Help You Take Control of Your Life
Having OCD can make you feel as though your life is out of your control. When you live with OCD, you may feel like you’re in the background, while the obsessive compulsive disorder itself is behind the steering wheel. It prevents you from doing things you want to do or forces you to do things you don’t want to do.
TMS therapy may be able to help you change all that. With TMS for OCD, you might be able to take control over your mental health again, putting your obsessions and compulsions in the background of your life, where they belong.
To learn more about transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder and confirm your insurance pre-approval, call us today.