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TMS for OCD

OCD can be treated effectively with TMS therapy. The benefits of magnetic stimulation are well researched, understood, and scientifically proven as a treatment for Depression as well as OCD. TMS has the advantage that it aims to support natural recovery from illness, harnessing the brain’s natural neuroplasticity. There are also minimal side effects when compared to medications. At neurocare, we combine TMS with Psychotherapy as an OCD treatment. Several studies have found TMS and psychotherapy combined can be a beneficial option, particularly for patients who have not responded to other treatments. By addressing any sleep hygiene related issues, this can increase the likelihood of responding positively to the therapy. (Donse et al. 2017).

How can TMS help OCD


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is a safe and recommended treatment for people with OCD or Depression who have not responded to other therapies (e.g., medication) or who are looking for a medication free alternative. Therapists at neuroCare use an approach which combines TMS and Psychotherapy, scientifically proven to be more effective than either therapy alone (Donse et al. 2017)

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TMS for OCD


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Advantages of Outpatient TMS for OCD


Safe

TMS Therapy is focused on the areas of the brain that control mood so it does not negatively affect thinking and memory functions, or any other normal brain functions.


Comfortable

During TMS Therapy, there is no need for sedation or anesthesia; patients are awake, alert and are able to resume normal activities after a treatment session. We administer TMS in a convenient outpatient setting, so there is no hospitalisation needed.


No side effects

TMS is 100% free of medication side effects. Unlike traditional antidepressant medications, TMS Therapy does not cause weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, fatigue or negative cognitive effects.


Efficient

An average of 30 sessions is typically needed for the treatment of OCD, with sessions held at least twice per week. After a course of TMS Therapy, most patients enjoy long-lasting benefits. (Patient progress is measured at regular intervals, therefore if the patient is finding no response after 5 sessions our therapy team may adjust the protocol or make other recommendations.)


Natural

TMS Therapy uses magnetic energy to stimulate brain cells which helps them to naturally release needed chemicals necessary for proper mood regulation.


Scientifically Proven

We only apply protocols which have shown the latest clinical efficacy. By combining TMS with Psychotherapy, studies show the effects are higher than just receiving TMS alone (Donse, Padberg, Sack, Rush & Arns, 2017)



What the research shows on TMS for the treatment of OCD



Donse, Sack, Fitzgerald & Arns (2017)

This study shows the first results of TMS therapy in patients classified as having “treatment resistant OCD“ (i.e. have not responded to medication). 55% of these patients responded well to the therapy. In this study, it was also found that patients had a higher chance of responding well to the therapy if they didn’t have a sleep problem. At neuroCare, sleep problems can also be addressed by Neurofeedback therapy.



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