What is OCD?

OCD, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, is a complex mental health condition where people have these ongoing, unwanted thoughts or fears — those are the obsessions. They can be all sorts of things, like fears about germs or needing things to be in perfect order. These thoughts are super persistent and often distressing.

Then, to try and get some relief from these obsessions, people with OCD feel compelled to do certain repetitive behaviors — these are the compulsions. It could be stuff like washing hands over and over, checking things repeatedly, or following rigid routines. The tricky part is that these compulsions are like a temporary fix; they don’t really solve the underlying anxiety or fear, so the cycle just keeps going.

OCD can be pretty tough to deal with. It’s not just about liking things clean or orderly; these thoughts and actions take time and mental energy, really interfering with daily life and relationships. The good news is that it’s treatable with therapy, medication, and methods like TMS.

How TMS therapy helps with OCD

TMS therapy has been showing some promising results for people with OCD. You know how OCD involves those persistent, unwanted thoughts and the repetitive behaviors that follow? Well, TMS works on the brain to help ease that cycle.

Here’s the gist of it: In OCD, certain parts of the brain, especially those that deal with controlling thoughts and behaviors, might be in overdrive or not functioning as they should. TMS uses magnetic fields to stimulate these specific areas of the brain. It’s kind of like rebooting a computer that’s stuck.

The process is straightforward and non-invasive. You sit in a chair, and a device is placed near your head. It generates magnetic pulses that pass through the skull and stimulate the brain areas involved in OCD. The cool part is that there’s no surgery or anesthesia – you’re awake and can chill during the session.

Over time, TMS helps reduce the intensity of those obsessive thoughts and the urge to perform compulsive behaviors. It’s not an overnight thing, but many people start to notice a difference after several sessions. They find their thoughts to be less intrusive, and breaking away from those compulsive routines is easier.

TMS therapy is a great option, especially for folks who haven’t had much luck with traditional treatments like medication or therapy. And the side effects are generally pretty mild. So, for someone struggling with OCD, TMS could be a real game-changer in managing their symptoms and getting some relief.

TMS therapy with Brain Health Center

If you’re grappling with the challenges of OCD and looking for a new approach to manage your symptoms, TMS therapy at Brain Health Center could be the solution you’ve been searching for. 

At Brain Health Center, we understand the complexities of OCD and its impact on your life. That’s why we’re committed to providing personalized care tailored to your unique needs. Our TMS therapy sessions are designed to target the specific brain areas that OCD affects, helping to ease the intensity of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.

Take the first step towards a brighter, more balanced life. Contact Brain Health Center today to learn more about our TMS therapy options and how we can help you overcome the hurdles of OCD. 

At the Brain Health Center we are among the first to receive and utilize a new advanced TMS coil specifically designed for treating OCD. The coil was FDA approved this year (2023) after extensive testing.

Treatments for OCD are around 30 sessions, one treatment a day, Mon-Fri. The last week may have more frequent treatments. Treatments are +/- 20 minutes in length.

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