This study has specific inclusion and exclusion criteria that each patient must meet before being enrolled. A detailed list of these can be found at the government’s Clinical Trials website (http://clinicaltrials.gov) or by contacting any of the people listed at the bottom of this page.
Minimally, patients must have OCD as their primary diagnosis, as determined by the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV. Symptoms must persist for five or more years despite taking medications alone or in combination with behavior therapy. The patient must be between the age of 18 and 65 years, able to comply with instructions, and able to give fully informed, written consent.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical procedure that may help people suffering from severe OCD who have not benefited from conventional treatments(behavior therapy and medication). People should thoroughly exhaust these options before considering DBS. We require a referral from a psychiatrist prior to evaluating a patient for possible DBS.