dTMS for OCD – What is it and How Does it Work?

  • Posted at Feb 17, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
dTMS for OCD – What is it and How Does it Work?

Many people with OCD who reach out for help through treatment try the traditional methods of treatment and still struggle with making progress. Traditional methods of OCD treatment may include prescription medications or exposure therapy. While these traditional treatments may work to relieve symptoms and help people with OCD effectively, they may not provide the best results for others on a long-term basis. For example, some people who try prescription medications for OCD may suffer from adverse reactions to these medications. Or, may not respond to them at all. When it comes to exposure therapy, which works by exposing people with OCD to their OCD fears and working through why these fears are developed, some people may not respond well due to its difficulty. Or, may have trouble finding an affordable or accessible option to receive this type of therapy. But, if you’ve tried traditional methods for OCD and haven’t seen results or don’t have the means or access to traditional therapy, there is another option that’s effective and affordable – dTMS for OCD. But, what is dTMS, what can you expect from this type of treatment, and how does it work?

Understanding What dTMS Is

dTMS stands for Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It’s an FDA-approved therapy to help treat a number of mental health issues including treatment-resistant depression and OCD. It is gaining popularity among OCD patients because it has a low risk of side effects, doesn’t require any recovery time, is non-invasive, provides lasting results, and is available on an outpatient basis, making it more accessible for people living with OCD.

dTMS works by using a device that is applied near a patient’s head that works to send magnetic pulses through the skull and into the brain. This allows for the stimulation of areas of the brain that are specifically responsible for symptoms of OCD. Thus, helping to reduce the severity of symptoms on a physical and biological basis.

What to Expect from dTMS for OCD Results

The results of dTMS for OCD help patients who are diagnosed with this condition to better navigate their OCD fears and have less of an urge to conduct compulsive behaviors in order to control these fears. It also can help patients have better success with other types of therapy, like exposure therapy, when used in combination. This is because dTMS can help to alleviate severe OCD fears and reduce some of the challenges that patients with OCD face going into therapy. Thus, improving the outcomes of these types of therapy sessions.

Addressing the Impacts of OCD at Yellowbrick

If you or a young adult loved one is struggling with the effects of OCD and want to try something new, dTMS for OCD may help. Yellowbrick helps young adults struggling with OCD and other mental health issues so that they can live better lives of mental well-being and be more prepared to step into adult life. Find out more about how we help young adults living with OCD on our website.

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