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TMS For Anxious Depression


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While anxiety and depression are common mental illnesses that each come with their own unique set of symptoms and attributing circumstances, they are both comorbid disorders. Anxious depression on the other hand is a lesser known, wholly different disorder that has been recently classified by mental health professionals. 

It is important that individuals suffering from anxious depression find treatment options that work best for them, which can oftentimes feel like an overwhelming process. Luckily, new research suggests that patients with anxious depression are seeing the benefits of transcranial magnetic stimulation, which have been associated with both anxiolytic and antidepressant effects.


In this blog post we will go over what is anxious depression, common anxious depression symptoms and how transcranial magnetic stimulation is helping patients with this condition see a brighter future ahead.

What is Anxious Depression?

In recent studies, anxious depression has been defined as a symptom complex that comprises sudden intense feelings of anxiety or depression, intrusive rumination of regretful memories or future worries, emotional distress due to painful thoughts, and coping behaviors to manage emotional distress.

Patients that experience anxious depression typically exhibit negative feelings such as depression, sadness, self-hatred, emptiness, helplessness, anxious-irritable feelings, and loneliness.

Possible Causes of Anxious Depression

It is common for individuals with anxious depression to have a prior depression diagnosis along with reported feelings of anxiety. While the causes of anxious depression are unique to the individual, some common causes are varied white blood cell counts, cortical thinning in the anterior cingulate cortex and insula, and dysregulation in the hypothalamus area.

Who Does Anxious Depression Affect?

In the United States, anxious depression currently affects an estimated 10 to 16 million adults each year. Individuals who are at a greater risk of developing anxious depression typically have a higher family history of depression in first degree relatives, in addition to a family history of drug abuse.

Symptoms of Anxious Depression

Some of the most common anxious depression symptoms felt amongst individuals with this diagnosis include:

  1. Disturbances in Sleep Patterns

  2. Rage, Frustration, Anger or Irritability

  3. Feelings of Worthlessness and Hopelessness

  4. Overwhelming, Debilitating Feelings of Sadness and Despair

  5. Persistent Feelings of Guilt

  6. Suicidal Thoughts

  7. Increase in Tiredness

  8. Loss of Interest in Activities They Once Loved

  9. Constant Feelings of Panic and Paranoia

If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it is recommended that you consult professional help immediately. When you consult with the experts at BrainHealth Solutions, we can help you learn more about the benefits of TMS for anxious depression.

How Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Works

When patients visit a facility, like BrainHealth Solutions, that offers transcranial magnetic stimulation, their treatment starts with an electromagnetic coil being placed against the scalp. Electromagnetic energy will be painlessly delivered to the brain through the coil that acts as a transmitter. 

Through the use of magnetic pulses, nerve cells in the brain will be stimulated in the area of the brain that is involved in executive functioning, depression and mood. When patients are experiencing depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxious depression, or similar disorders, they exhibit lower levels of activity in certain parts of the brain. Transcranial magnetic stimulation works by activating those areas of the brain that are displaying lower levels of activity, in hopes of increasing their activity level.

TMS For Anxious Depression

There are so many benefits of transcranial magnetic stimulation in patients with mental health disorders, such as anxious depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression. Patients know that transcranial magnetic stimulation is working for them because after just a few short sessions, they will begin to experience clearer thinking and brain fog will start to subside. 

At around the fifth session, patients will start to experience more regular sleep patterns and they often report feeling more well-rested. It is during the second week of treatment that marked improvement will start being noticeable to others. Patients will start to feel more natural energy around this time, which allows them to slowly start feeling like their true self again. 

Once the 10th to 15th session of transcranial magnetic stimulation is reached, patients begin to notice how much they are feeling better. The negative symptoms that had such a huge effect on their day to day lives start to subside. As patients continue with treatment, they will notice their improved state of mind continue to grow.

Recent studies have been done on the efficacy of transcranial magnetic stimulation on patients with anxious depression. According to co-investigator Scott Aaronson, MD, chief science officer, Institute for Advanced Diagnostic and Therapeutics, and director of the Psychedelic Center of Excellence at Sheppard Pratt, regarding this recent study, he said “the ultimate message is that transcranial magnetic stimulation is quite effective in the more difficult-to-treat and more disabled group of anxious depressives”.

Ease Symptoms of Anxious Depression with the Benefits of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is an ideal option for individuals looking to treat their depression, anxiety, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or anxious depression without the use of medication. 

When you are searching for transcranial magnetic stimulation for anxious depression in Riverside, CA, BrainHealth Solutions can offer you the best healing solutions. Dr. Bota is a board-certified psychiatrist and TMS Doctor at BrainHealth Solutions, who is also a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the benefits of transcranial magnetic stimulation, give BrainHealth Solutions a call today or send us an email!

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