TMS for the Brain’s Neural Network
For years it was believed that OCD is caused by an imbalance in the brain’s chemical makeup (or chemistry). However, researchers now believe that OCD is more related to the structure and function of the brain’s neural network. TMS helps restore the chemical balance in the brain and focuses on restoring the neural networks and their function.
In OCD patients being treated with TMS, several research proves positive results by targeting two different brain areas. Initially, the goal was to target the area of the brain called the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), which is the brain area believed to cause symptoms related to OCD. Studies that centered on using TMS using the OFC as the focus for treatment showed positive results. More recent research has consistently demonstrated that the brain’s pre-supplementary motor area (pre-SMA) is overactive in patients with OCD.
It is important to note that not all TMS systems are FDA-approved for the treatment of OCD. Magventure, a leading TMS device manufacturer, is FDA-approved to for use with patients suffering from OCD. Brainsway, a deep TMS therapy (dTMS) system, is also FDA-approved to treat OCD.
While TMS is covered by nearly all major insurances, including Medicare and Tricare, for the treatment of depression, not all insurances yet cover the treatment for OCD. Additionally, prior authorization will likely be required and is typically obtained by the TMS therapy clinic or physician’s office.
ABOUT TMS DIRECTORY | TMS Directory is Connecting TMS Communities by connecting patients with a TMS therapy provider in their geographic region. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a leading-edge technology that gently uses magnetic waves to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. TMS is a non-invasive treatment most commonly used for the treatment of major depression but is often used to treat the symptoms associated with several other neuropsychiatric disorders.
TMS THERAPY | TMS therapy is a useful tool for treatment-resistant depression and other neuropsychiatric conditions in patients who have failed to respond to medication or other treatments, such as psychotherapy.
TMS HELPS | If you are someone who suffers from depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, or another condition, and you are seeking TMS therapy as a treatment option – TMS Directory can connect you with a licensed TMS physician or provider in your area who specializes in treating your condition with the most advanced forms of medicine.
Please also see
- Mental Health Screening Tools
- Conditions Treated with TMS
- What is TMS Therapy?
- TMS Therapy Near Me
- Depression Screening