dTMS (deep transcranial magnetic stimulation) is a non-invasive form of therapy that is helping treatment-resistant patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The FDA has recently granted clearance for the use of a new coil developed by BrainsWay specifically for OCD treatment.
How dTMS Works Wonders on Treatment Resistant Depression
dTMS is part of the TMS family of interventions that use a safe, neuromodulation therapy directed at patients who suffer from major depressive disorder (MDD) and other mental health disorders. dTMS has been FDA approved since 2013.
dTMS, uses deep, multi-point stimulation (magnetic pulses) transmitted through a coil that sits gently on a patient’s scalp. The applied stimuli have the capacity to modulate circuits in the brain relating to emotion regulation and other maladaptive symptoms. The administering physician calibrates the appropriate strength of pulses based on each patient’s sensitivity. dTMS targets brain regions that are deeper than its sister therapy rTMS.
dTMS impulses either excites or deactivates brain cells in a patient’s target region depending on whether high or low frequency stimulation is applied. The objective is to create predictable neuronal level activity.
dTMS Therapy Can Even Be Used to Treat OCD
OCD is characterized by unwanted, intrusive thoughts relating to obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions can include thoughts, urges, or doubt that enter the mind. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels the need to perform in response to an obsessive thought. Not being able to control one’s thoughts and behaviors can create lingering problems that may not respond to traditional treatments.
dTMS produces outcomes for OCD that are not possible with other treatment protocols such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and traditional medical solutions, including antidepressants. A review of the seminal study of the effect of dTMS on OCD involving 212 patients demonstrated significant, long-lasting improvements, along with improvements in anxiety and depression relief.
For a non-invasive solution for OCD, we invite your questions about dTMS and its long-lasting therapeutic potential.
Schedule an Appointment at Our Office to see if dTMS is Right for You
Amanda Itzkoff, MD now offers dTMS treatment as an option for suitable candidates at her psychiatric practice. For general information, please feel free to email our office at Amanda.Itzkoff@gmail.com. To schedule an appointment, call our offices at 917-982-2184.