We’ve updated our transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device to treat OCD. TMS has been used for depression since 2008 and was FDA approved for OCD in August 2018. During the treatment, people sit under a high intensity magnet that activates the brain circuits involved in OCD. The full treatment lasts 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks.
The benefits of TMS in OCD are significant: 2-3 times the effect of medication, according to a review of 20 studies. TMS is well tolerated and has fewer side effects than most medications.
OCD is a chronic anxiety disorder that floods the mind with obsessive self-doubt. These “obsessions” are usually about something being wrong, dangerous, unclean, inappropriate, immoral, disgusting, or disorderly. Obsessions cause great discomfort, and people with OCD engage in “compulsions” to relieve that anxiety. Compulsions can include cleaning, straightening, checking, superstitions, rituals, and asking for reassurance.
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