TMS OK’d for OCD

TMS OK’d for OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD is a condition that is characterized by intrusive, recurrent, and unwanted thoughts or impulses that cause severe anxiety, distress, and functional impairment. Common obsessions include fear of contamination or illness, losing things or not having them when required. The need for symmetry can be an obsession. Compulsions are then repetitive actions driven by the obsessions in an effort to neutralize the anxieties. Common compulsions include washing/cleaning, checking, arranging, counting, praying, hoarding, etc.

Majority of sufferers are aware that their obsessions are irrational, yet they feel helpless. There is also the tendency in OCD to develop depression, which worsens the suffering and complicates the treatment. A disabling disorder that makes its sufferers feel ashamed, OCD can badly affect personal, professional, and social life if left untreated.

The major known factors for OCD are neurobiological, genetic, cognitive and environmental.  With proper treatment, people with OCD can regain control over their lives and feel significant relief from their symptoms. Psychotherapy and medications are the two main options for treating OCD. Yet, some OCD patients experience limited results from these and need more therapeutic options.

The good news is that TMS Therapy, proven effective in the treatment of major depression, has been cleared by the FDA* for the adjunct treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. 

A drug-free, non-invasive, out-patient procedure with no systemic side effects, TMS uses magnetic pulses to stimulate specific regions in the brain known to be particularly affected by OCD.

* Please note that FDA approval may not necessarily mean your insurance plan will cover TMS for OCD. For more information please call or message us

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Dr. Mendiola completed his advanced Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. His office is located at 1752 S. Victoria Avenue, Suite #250 Ventura, CA 93003. He also serves patients in the Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks areas.

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