Approximately 1.2% of adults in the United States have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD. The symptoms of OCD are traditionally managed with medications, psychotherapy, or both. However, each case of OCD is different; everyone has a unique combination of risk factors and experiences the symptoms at different frequencies and severities. Because of this, treatments through traditional methods are not always fully effective.
In the situation where drugs and psychotherapy are not enough, the individual may seek out additional non-drug-related treatments, specifically OCD TMS Pasadena. As an evidence-based interventional treatment modality, TMS procedures can safely and effectively help patients where other options fail.
To better understand how TMS procedures can help with the symptoms that individuals experience, it helps to first know more about OCD. It is important to treat this disorder because:
- The obsessions (unfounded thoughts, worries, or fears) that people experience can cause significant anxiety.
- The compulsions (repetitive and ritualized acts) that they respond with to reduce that anxiety can become time-consuming, excessive, and disruptive.
The obsessions and compulsions can build up and potentially interfere with relationships and regular activities. The individual may also develop a motor or vocal tic disorder, such as repetitive facial grimacing or repetitive throat clearing, further interfering with daily life. While the causes of OCD are unknown, risk factors include:
- Genetics; if a first-degree relative has OCD, the individual is more likely to develop it.
- Environment; some studies show an association between childhood trauma and OCD.
- Brain functioning; imaging studies show that OCD affects the structure of certain parts of the brain.
Understanding OCD TMS Pasadena
There are various types of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, procedures, which are clinically shown to be safe and effective. At Pasadena Neuropsychology, three interventional treatment modalities that we provide to our patients are the standard rTMS, its advancement dTMS, and SAINT TMS Pasadena procedures.
Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or dTMS Pasadena, is an effective non-invasive procedure that uses a magnetic field to safely regulate the neural activity of brain structures associated with mental illness, including depression and OCD. This treatment appeals to many clients because it can be used with or without medications.
At Pasadena Neuropsychology, we utilize BrainsWay dTMS to help individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. At this time, it is the only TMS system that the FDA has cleared to treat OCD in the United States. BrainsWay dTMS is capable of reaching the brain’s anterior cingulate cortex and medial prefrontal cortex, which are both associated with OCD, meaning that it can effectively alleviate the symptoms of OCD.
dTMS Pasadena Treatments for OCD
As a clinic, we take a decidedly different approach to our treatments because we view each patient as another physician in their healthcare. Our team will partner with you, your primary care physicians, and any specialists that you meet with to create the ideal plan for your mental health.
We are experienced in treating OCD, treatment-resistant depression, and anxious depression with our TMS treatments, including BrainsWay dTMS and SAINT TMS Pasadena. To learn more about our services, please contact us.