You may hear people use OCD as a trendy term for extreme organizational tendencies, but there’s nothing chic about obsessive-compulsive disorder. OCD is a serious mental illness that can take over your life. The team at BrainStim Centers, Inc. in Encino and Valencia, California, offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The FDA cleared TMS for people whose OCD doesn’t improve with traditional treatment. If you need help with OCD, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.
People with OCD experience recurring obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are thoughts or mental images you can’t control that cause extreme anxiety.
Compulsions are behaviors you feel compelled to perform to relieve the anxiety. Following through on your compulsions may help temporarily, but the obsessions return and the cycle continues.
To be diagnosed with OCD, your obsessions and compulsions must interfere with your daily activities or take up a significant amount of time.
Obsessions typically follow a theme. Some of the most common include:
Your compulsions tend to follow the theme of your obsessions. You may repeatedly wash your hands to eliminate germs, frequently reorganize items on a shelf (even though they’re already in perfect order), or constantly check to be sure the door is locked.
OCD symptoms often improve with medications. Most patients also participate in psychotherapy. For some, therapy alone is just as effective as medication.
Therapists often use a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention, in which you learn to reduce compulsive behaviors.
However, therapy and medication don’t always help. When your symptoms persist despite treatment, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be the solution you need.
When you receive TMS therapy, you simply relax in a chair with the TMS device placed gently on your head. The device sends magnetic pulses into a specific part of your brain.
Like many other mental health disorders, OCD patients have an area of their brain that’s underactive. The magnetic pulses stimulate those nerves and restore normal activity, which boosts neurotransmitters and can alleviate OCD symptoms.
The team at BrainStim Centers, Inc. offers TMS therapy using Nexstim SmartFocus® TMS, an advanced TMS device that uses 3D images of your brain to identify and treat the underactive area of your brain.
While relaxing in the Nexstim chair, a tracker will be placed on your forehead, without the use of adhesives. The tracker engages with the system so the equipment and computer can pinpoint the exact location for sending the pulsations.
The device will be placed near your head and will send out the magnetic pulses.
Each session time varies. However, the first session typically takes 45 minutes to load the MRI and conduct brain navigation. This data will be saved in the computer for future reference. Subsequent visits typically take 20 minutes from start to finish. Since TMS doesn’t negatively impact your cognitive abilities, you can leave as soon as the session is over and go back to your daily routine.
If you struggle with OCD, call BrainStim Centers, Inc. or schedule an appointment online today to learn if you’d benefit from TMS.
*** Treatments including but not limited to TMS treatment for OCD are designed to help improve cognitive function. Individual results may vary.