Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – also known as a compulsive disorder – is characterized by the presence of compulsive thoughts (obsessions) and / or compulsions (compulsions).
Obsessions are persistent, recurring inner experiences (thoughts, inclinations or images) that are experienced as intrusive, disturbing and unwanted. For example, you may have the idea of being infected or of infecting or harming others, or the idea that you have done something wrong or dangerous, or that you have excessive doubts about whether you have done things well enough, or that you have penetrating embarrassing images about aggressive or sexual acts. Obsessions usually cause anxiety and anxiety.
Compulsions are repetitive actions (such as excessive cleaning or washing, collecting, arranging, or checking) or psychological activities (such as counting, repeating words, or superstitious rituals) that make one feel compelled. Someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder tries to reduce the anxiety or anxiety in response to an obsession or prevent a dreaded catastrophe.
The obsessions and compulsions are time consuming and cause obvious suffering.
If the intake shows that symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder are present and treatment with rTMS may be indicated, a quantitative EEG (QEEG) is then taken. This is necessary to assess whether rTMS can be safely applied. Occasional neuropsychological examinations are performed.
Sometimes sleep problems can contribute to the severity of the obsessive-compulsive complaints or maintain the complaints. To assess whether sleep problems play a role in your complaints, we conduct a sleep study.
The results of the intake, the questionnaire study, the sleep study and the QEEG determine the content of your treatment.
rTMS is performed by a psychologist while lying in a comfortable treatment chair. A magnetic coil is placed on your head. This coil generates a pulsating magnetic field that stimulates the target areas in the brain. The magnetic field generates a noticeable ticking feeling. The stimulation is not painful but is often experienced as a tingling sensation on the scalp.
– for adolescents or adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder;
– for adolescents or adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder who have not benefited from other treatment methods (eg medication or psychotherapy);
– for adolescents or adults with obsessive-compulsive complaints who want to lower their medication and want guidance during this process.