PTSD Treatment With TMS
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS treatment is a noninvasive form of depression therapy. The procedure uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. It is this type of direct brain influence that led doctors to believe that TMS can be used to treat other mental illnesses such as post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. TMS is U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved for depression, which is why it is now being explored for other conditions. Experts such as those at Neurosciences Medical Clinic see TMS therapy as a positive additive or alternative to formal or common treatments for those with PTSD. PTSD can be a lifelong diagnosis, but with the aid of this type of therapy, we believe symptoms can reduce drastically and some patients can see remission from PTSD symptoms altogether. Contact our office in Miami, Florida to schedule an appointment about treating your PTSD.
What Is PTSD?
PTSD is the result of being engaged in a particularly stressful or traumatic event. Those involved in car accidents, childhood trauma, and soldiers are often the types of people to develop post traumatic stress disorder. Those who are diagnosed generally have a hard time adjusting to regular life and often recount the triggering event through flashbacks or ongoing depression. PTSD can be treated by medical professionals and can be maintained with good self-care.
Symptoms of PTSD:
- Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event
- Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)
- Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
- Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event
Depression Therapy for PTSD
There have been several studies to show the effectiveness for TMS therapy for those who experience depression due to a PTSD diagnosis. While studies generally show positive outcomes, medical professionals still continue to experiment with the rate and consistency of these repetitive treatments in order to recommend proper treatment scheduling in all individuals. In a recent VA study, twenty Veterans with PTSD received TMS treatments daily for ten days. Those who received the TMS showed significant improvements in both core PTSD symptoms and related symptoms of depression. However, the benefits wore off slightly during a two-month follow-up period. The researchers plan further studies to explore what dose and frequency of TMS are most effective, and exactly which areas of the brain should be targeted. They say the work so far “supports the growing evidence for the effectiveness of repetitive TMS for the treatment of PTSD.” (Brain Stimulation, January 2012).
The process of TMS treatment is relatively simple. You can relax in one of Neurosciences Medical Clinic’s reclining chairs while one of our technicians places a coil around your forehead. Then we will focus the magnetic stimulators on specific points to target areas of the brain. You may feel a slight tapping and hear clicking during this process. After treatment, you will be able to go about your normal daily activities. There are no immediate side effects to this treatment so you are able to drive to and from your appointment. It is as easy as getting a check up!
Contact Neurosciences Medical Clinic in Miami, Florida to discuss depression therapy treatments for your PTSD.