Diseases treated with TMSOCD spectrum

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is the occurrence of persistent fixations and/or compulsions.

These symptoms are usually perceived as unproductive; sick people try to resist them; however, intense anxiety appears when trying to give up compulsory activity. Over time, the patient develops an avoidance mechanism. These so-called inversion rituals often take the form of stereotypical, completely pointless activities.

In severe forms of OCD, obsessions fill even more than 80% of the time, leading to significant impairment of functioning and even disability. About half of the patients suffer from depression as a result. Obsessive-compulsive symptoms also occur in several other disorders. Due to the probable common etiology, neurobiology, and epidemiology, all are called the OCD spectrum.

Treatment

Treatment of OCD is a complicated process. These disorders are highly drug-resistant. Pharmacological treatment primarily involves antidepressants in maximum doses, sometimes with the addition of other psychotropic drugs, the so-called neuroleptics. Improvement, when it occurs, is often paid for by massive side effects such as loss of libido, weight gain, feeling lethargic, dry mucous membranes, and more.

In treating OCD, however, behavioral and cognitive psychotherapy (CBT) is very effective, especially the so-called exposure therapy with reaction containment training. In addition, extreme cases of OCD are subject to neurosurgical treatment. Patients have an implanted brain electrode, the so-called deep brain stimulation (DBS electrode).

The anti-obsessive effect of TMS

The hope for all OCD patients comes with TMS. The effectiveness of the therapy is supported by considerable evidence and scientific reports. In 2018, the US FDA approved this type of treatment for OCD patients. The anti-obsession effect appears when stimulating several brain areas, including the so-called supplementary motor area (SMA) or various areas of the prefrontal cortex (DMPFC, L-DLPFC).

OCD treatment protocols

In our clinic, we perform both the classic protocols on the OCD spectrum, involving the stimulation of the SMA field with low frequencies, and other complex protocols, which are much more effective. Our team regularly monitors global trends in this area. We use the acquired knowledge to develop improvements and develop new protocols in the treatment of OCD. We will select specific treatment methods individually during the qualifying consultation.

Who do we treat?

  • people suffering from obsessive-compulsive syndrome (OCD)
  • people with tics
  • Tourette syndrome
  • hypochondriac disorders, dysmorphophobia
  • depersonalization-derealization syndrome (DPD)
  • disorders of habits and drives: trichotillomania, kleptomania, pyromania, pathological gambling

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