Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has emerged as a promising therapeutic intervention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), offering an innovative approach to alleviate the distressing symptoms associated with this challenging mental health condition. Unlike traditional treatments, TMS involves the non-invasive application of magnetic pulses to specific areas of the brain implicated in OCD, stimulating neural activity and modulating circuitry thought to be involved in the disorder. This novel technique holds the potential to provide relief for individuals whose symptoms have proven resistant to conventional treatments, marking a significant stride in the pursuit of effective and tailored interventions for OCD. In this exploration of TMS for OCD, we delve into the mechanism, efficacy, and evolving landscape of this cutting-edge therapeutic option.
OCD can cause a range of both psychological and physical symptoms.
Those with OCD may feel worried, physically dirty (even though they’re clean), compulsive, or sudden and difficult to control impulses.
OCD is characterized by intrusive, distressing thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) aimed at reducing anxiety, often involving themes such as contamination, checking, or a need for symmetry.
What to Expect
Does TMS Hurt?
During the session, you will feel a tapping sensation on your head. Each treatment session lasts around 19 minutes. Some NeuroStar patients experience mild to moderate pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site during the first week of treatment. This is usually temporary and subsides in subsequent treatments.
Can I return to work after TMS treatment?
Yes, most patients feel comfortable returning to work immediately after their TMS treatment if necessary.
Should I have a chaperone to and from my appointment?
TMS is a non-invasive treatment and most patients feel comfortable driving themselves to and from their appointment. You’re welcome to arrange a ride to and from your appointment if you’re more comfortable with that.
What indications does TMS treat?
TMS is FDA approved to treat treatment resistant depression. It has also been found to help symptoms of anxiety, OCD, trauma, autism spectrum disorders and chronic pain.
Is NeuroStar covered by insurance?
NeuroStar TMS Therapy for depression is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Tricare, usually after medication options have proven ineffective in your major depression treatment.
Is NeuroStar safe and does it have any side effects?
An FDA-cleared depression treatment, NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is safe and easy to tolerate. Because it’s non-drug and non-invasive, it’s free of systemic side effects of antidepressants. NeuroStar does not have any effects on cognition or sleep. The most common side effect associated with NeuroStar is mild to moderate pain or discomfort that typically subsides within the first week of treatment.
Can NeuroStar help me achieve remission from depression symptoms, and how long can it last?
NeuroStar is a non-drug, non-invasive therapy that can help you achieve long-term relief from the symptoms of depression. Many people’s depression symptoms significantly improve or go away after 4 to 6 weeks of treatment. In clinical studies, NeuroStar has shown to provide acute treatment response and remission*** for one year.
How does NeuroStar work?
NeuroStar is a non-drug and non-invasive treatment for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder delivered in a doctor’s office. You recline comfortably in a NeuroStar chair (much like a dentist’s chair or spa chair) during treatment. During a treatment session, precisely targeted magnetic pulses stimulate the mood-regulating areas in the brain. There is no anesthesia or sedation. You are fully awake and alert during treatment, and you can resume normal activities immediately after a treatment session.