Magnetic Brain Stimulation (TMS) May Have Promising Results for OCD Patients

source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/electrical-brain-stimulation-may-alleviate-obsessive-compulsive-behaviors1/
OCD Treatment with TMS at STW Center
  • Obsessive anxiety inducing thoughts and compulsive actions can be diagnostic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
  • Compulsive behavior is rooted in the reward mechanisms of the brain. The area associated with this is the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC).
  • It’s surmised that stimulation of this area will inhibit repetitive reward pathways ceasing repetitive, compulsive behavior.
  • TMS as an adjunct therapy for OCD patients is FDA approved 2 years ago. MagventureTMS system has developed a FDA approved TMS coil for treatment of OCD.
  • Our STW Center has been using the Magventure system for treatment of OCD in conjunction with psychotherapy and medications. Treatment success rates have been over 40-50 %. Addition of TMS for OCD has raised new hopes for patients suffering form treatment resistant OCD.

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