Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and TMS

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and TMS. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a neuropsychiatric disorder having a prevalence of 2% in America.

Recent Developments on OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is briefly defined by the repetitive disturbing thoughts and the repetitive behaviors made to get rid of them. There are two phases where it rises and becomes apparent during the lifetime: Late-childhood (6-11) or early adolescence (11-15) and early adulthood (20-29).

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

It is a condition in which the person is preoccupied to a disturbing extent with particular thoughts, impulses and images.


History of TMS

Brain stimulation methods have been used for treatment purposes since quite ancient times. In the 1960s, a research for the effectiveness of low currents on brain began. Having been successfully implemented for the very first time during the 1980s by Anthony Barker et al., TMS is a non-invasive stimulation method being used today for research and treatment purposes. Science is a combination of expertise and engineering.

Deep TMS (Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)

What is Deep TMS?

Deep TMS is mostly implemented on treatment-resistant disorders, such as major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), addiction, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a drug-free and non-surgical treatment that does not require anesthetics. The patient is awake and conscious during the implementation. The left prefrontal cortex of the brain is stimulated by giving magnetic pulses 4 cm under the head through a plate placed onto the skull. Therefore, the neurons functioning over electrical activity become active via magnetic stimulation. It aims to intervene in major cerebral structures like singulat girus in the limbic system.  This area is the most primitive structures of the emotional brain and is responsible for the regulation of the emotional behaviors.  Improvements are expected to occur in empathy, impulsive control and decision-making.

Obsessive compulsive disorder

Although obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common disorder (seen at a rate of 1.6-2.2 % in the general population), for various reasons its diagnosis is usually delayed.