FOR 28 years, Alex Jones battled obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) which left him dealing with depression.
The 46-year-old’s condition started with the typical symptoms of regular hand-washing and anxiety. But it soon got worse and caused paranoid delusions, leaving Alex fearing he had beaten up people and even deliberately run someone over – when he hadn’t.
Until TMS treatment, I had given up hope of living a normal life but now I feel positive about the future.Alex Jones
The OCD caused him to have a nervous breakdown and after he lost his job for eight months, his symptoms peaked, leading to depression. It was then he sought help from his GP.
But eight years after starting treatment, Alex, from Southsea, was still suffering after talking therapies, drugs and cognitive behavioural therapy made no difference to his OCD.
Earlier this year, his wife Paulette discovered Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Alex, an architect, said: ‘OCD attacked every aspect of my life and I almost lost it all. In the beginning I hid the condition from friends, and had to defer my university course for a year.
‘Until TMS treatment, I had given up hope of living a normal life but now I feel positive about the future.’
TMS treatment uses magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain affected by depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders.
It is approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) for depression and is non-invasive.
After an intensive course of treatment at clinic Smart TMS, Alex is now almost completely free of symptoms and is feeling positive about the future.
He added: ‘I am hugely grateful to my wife, family and friends who stuck by me and supported me through the years of torment.
‘It was they, together with the team at Smart TMS, who got me through this.’
Dr Leigh Neal, psychiatrist and co-founder of Smart TMS, said TMS treatment could help transform the lives of people with OCD.
‘Alex reported a remarkable recovery, gaining complete relief from his symptoms,’ he said.
‘We believe TMS has the potential to transform the lives of patients with OCD – whether treatment resistant or not.
‘More research is needed but the results we are seeing are very encouraging.’