Is TMS Good for OCD?

Despite what we may see on television shows, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is not a joke. This condition affects people across the globe and age groups. The symptoms of OCD have traditionally been managed with medications and psychotherapy. However, some patients find better results with OCD TMS. Discover more about OCD and available treatment options.

What Is OCD?

OCD is much more commonplace than people realize. It affects children, adults, and adolescents throughout the world. Without treatment, it has the potential to disrupt every aspect of a person’s life, from maintaining employment to interpersonal relationships.

In simple terms, OCD causes obsessive thoughts and urges as well as compulsive behaviors. One example would be compulsive cleaning combined with an obsessive fear of dirt and germs. OCD can also cause motor tics in some people. There are patients, particularly children and young adults, who might not even recognize that their behavior is out of the ordinary because they are accustomed to it.

Research has shown that there is a correlation between a patient’s brain structure and OCD symptoms, which may be why SoCal TMS is proving to be such an effective treatment.

OCD Treatments

There is more than one course of treatment for OCD, including psychotherapy and medication. Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are often prescribed to help alleviate the symptoms of OCD in patients. Unfortunately, everyone does not respond well to the medications. In these instances, SoCal TMS with BrainsWay TMS™ can bring relief.


The positive results from peer-reviewed clinical studies have led to the FDA clearing BrainsWay TMS™ for the treatment of OCD. Other TMS systems do not reach the anterior cingulate cortex and medial prefrontal cortex. In one study, 52.4 percent of participants were able to maintain a positive response for four weeks. Pasadena Neuropsychiatry is one of the few providers using BrainsWay TMS™.

What Is TMS Like?

As a non-invasive treatment method that lasts roughly 20 minutes, most people will only hear a tapping sound or feel a tapping sensation. TMS does not require anesthesia or long-term monitoring. The H-coil in BrainsWay TMS™ can stimulate brain structures and their neural activity with minimal side effects.

Is OCD TMS Right for Me?

Before embarking on any medical treatment, always discuss it with a qualified healthcare provider. At Pasadena Neuropsychiatry, we believe in empowering patients and collaborating with each one to create effective treatment plans.

If you think that you would benefit from the TMS, we would be happy to discuss the procedure with you and consider the best course of action. We adhere to APA+ADA guidelines and will consider treatment options based on your medical history and current lab work.

Please reach out with any questions you may have about OCD, TMS, or other neuropsychiatric and interventional treatments. We can also help you discover if we take your insurance and what your plan will cover. Our goal is to help you find a treatment method that will help you find long-term success for your mental health.