Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD Media and Community Education


OCD Patients with Comorbidities Respond Well to Deep Brain Stimulation

A critical study examines how patients with psychiatric comorbidities respond to Deep Brain Stimulation treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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DBS, best known for its use with patients with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders, can do wonders as a last resort for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder.


Inside A Risky, Rare Brain Surgery For OCD

Implanting electrodes in the brain to treat a psychiatric condition is controversial. It's not a treatment that doctors or patients consider lightly.


Succeeded in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder by ``inserting an electrode into the brain while the patient was awake''


Town Hall: Biologically based treatment (Video)

IOCDF National Advocate Ethan Smith will lead a discussion on biologically based OCD treatments with a panel including Wayne Goodman, MD, Rachel Davis, MD, and Nolan Williams, MD. Come with questions!


Research Roundtable, International OCD Foundation (Video): TMS and Neurotherapy


OCD Ruled Moksha Patel’s Life Until a Rare Surgical Procedure Changed Everything

School of Medicine instructor Patel, with support from colleagues and other healthcare experts, sought deep brain stimulation to help escape the confines of OCD. Listen to the podcast episode here. 


AskScience AMA Series: We're Rachel Davis, MD, and Moksha Patel, MD, instructors at the CU School of Medicine. With Rachel's expertise, Moksha decided to undergo deep brain stimulation surgery for OCD. AUA!


Research Roundtable: From Genes to Brains to OCD, International OCD Foundation (Video)

Hosts Dr. Jon Abramowitz and IOCDF Advocate Kyle King will be joined by clinicians in the field of OCD research to dive deeper into the conversation about our biological understanding of OCD, as well as ask our panelists questions about the genetics, brain chemistry, and brain structures involved. You don’t want to miss this conversation!on about our biological understanding of OCD, as well as ask our panelists questions about the genetics, brain chemistry, and brain structures involved. You don’t want to miss this conversation!


Deep brain stimulation can be life-altering for OCD sufferers when other treatment options fall short 

Selected for The Conversation’s 2022 Editor’s Choice list


State of the Campus Address 2022

Rachel Davis, MD and Moksha Patel, MD featured in the 2022 State of the Campus


Treating mental illness with electricity marries old ideas with modern tech and understanding of the brain – podcast

Mental illnesses such as obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and addiction are notoriously hard to treat and often don’t respond to drugs. But a new wave of treatments that stimulate the brain with electricity are showing promise on patients and in clinical trials. In this episode of The Conversation Weekly podcast, we talk to three experts and one patient about the history of treating mental illness, how new technology and deeper understanding of the brain are leading to better treatments and where the neuroscience of mental illness is headed next.


Phantoms in the Brain - BBC Radio 4

‘I'm tired of feeling a prisoner to my thoughts’ – Moksha’s story: How deep brain surgery helped a doctor whose obsessive compulsive disorder became so bad, he wouldn't eat or drink during 30-hour shifts, to avoid using hospital toilets.


Colorado Public Radio: For those with debilitating OCD, a surgical procedure can help



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Contact Us

Department of Psychiatry OCD Program
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

1890 N Revere Ct
Anschutz Health Sciences Bldg, Suite 5040
Aurora, CO 80045


Phone: (303) 724-4716 

Rachel A. Davis, MD
Medical Director, OCD Program
Service Director, Psychiatric Neuromodulation


Other Resources: ERP Course Website

Psychiatry (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Anschutz Health Sciences Building

1890 N Revere Ct

Suite 4003

Mail Stop F546

Aurora, CO 80045


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