Obsessive-compulsive behaviors, commonly referred to as OCD, begin as incessant thoughts that lead to unstoppable, irrational impulses to do things to reduce feelings of anxiety. The pattern of unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions) can cause significant distress and interfere with daily activities.
Neuroscience has used brain imaging to study the abnormal circuits in the brain which are responsible for causing OCD. TMS aims to correct these brain circuits and bring to normal by stimulating very specific areas of the brain.
It is estimated that 40% of patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder do not achieve recovery via conventional treatments. In these cases, other options such as TMS should be considered, especially when depression is involved as is often the case.
The FDA recently cleared TMS for the treatment for OCD. Insurance still does not reimburse, however.