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What is TMS Therapy for Anxiety?


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If you suffer from anxiety, at times it may feel like there is no way out and that a solution is nowhere in sight. With Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS therapy, a cutting edge innovation in anxiety treatment, you won’t need to feel like that for long.

There are many reasons to look into Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS treatment to help alleviate your symptoms of anxiety. For instance, if you are constantly anxious and feel like you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, then you could be a good candidate for TMS. If you have tried other common treatments for anxiety with no success, you could benefit greatly from TMS therapy. 

Before we dive into what exactly TMS therapy is and how it can help with anxiety, it is important to first understand anxiety disorders and how they are manifested. 

Types of Anxiety Disorders

It is estimated that close to 40 million people in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders, in one form or another. 

Some of the most common anxiety disorders include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Phobia Disorder, and Panic Disorder.

What most people don’t realize is that anxiety disorders are treatable mental health disorders. There are many resources available that anyone can use to help reduce symptoms of anxiety disorder and lead a more meaningful life. 

For most people with anxiety disorder, the solution has always been medication and therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and individual therapy. While these conventional treatments have helped many people balance their brain chemistry and learn coping skills, not everyone responds positively to these treatments. 

Each patient that struggles with an anxiety disorder is unique in his or her own way, which is why some people will respond better to non-conventional treatments such as TMS, as opposed to medications and other traditional therapy options.

What is TMS Therapy for Anxiety? 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive and medication-free treatment for anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. 

The procedure uses an electromagnetic coil that is placed near the skull, which delivers gentle painless magnetic pulses to the brain. The magnetic pulses have the ability to change nerve cell activity in sections of the brain that are responsible for mood regulation. 

TMS is often applied to people with anxiety disorder or depression that have resisted conventional treatment procedures. The idea behind TMS is that when magnetic pulses pass through the brain, the pulses activate areas in the brain that are responsible for mood regulation and help to reduce symptoms caused by anxiety or depression. 

The therapy usually takes less than one hour. Most patients who undergo TMS report improved feelings after a few sessions. 

Does TMS Help in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders?

TMS has been known to be quite effective in the treatment of depression but can the same be said for anxiety disorder? 

Studies have shown that people who suffer from treatment-resistant anxiety disorder and have undergone TMS, reported reduced symptoms of anxiety such as restlessness, irritability, sleep problems, blurred vision, excessive sweating, concentration problems, high blood pressure, indigestion, headaches and shortness of breath among others. TMS has helped many people reduce or eliminate common symptoms that are associated with different types of anxiety disorders. 

How Does It Work in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders? 

Most anxiety disorders have a biological component related to the condition. The anxiety is usually caused by a specific malfunction in their physiological makeup, particularly in their brain’s prefrontal cortex. 

This is the section of the brain that causes most anxiety disorder symptoms such as a social phobia. Anxiety disorder medications are typically used to treat abnormalities in this section of the brain. 

TMS addresses the root cause of anxiety by focusing on the brain’s frontal cortex section. During the treatment, the practitioner will place an electromagnetic coil close to the prefrontal cortex before the procedure begins. 

The practitioner will then send a magnetic pulse to the region and activate the region of the prefrontal cortex that failed to activate itself. 

The time it takes to notice changes depends on the individual. Some people will report improvement after the first sessions while others require several treatments before seeing results. Overall, TMS has been found to help many people manage different forms of anxiety disorder with success. 

BrainHealth Solutions: TMS Therapy for Anxiety Relief

If you or your loved one is experiencing symptoms of anxiety disorder, depression, or any other mental health condition, you may need to undergo TMS therapy, especially if you are not showing any positive results after using medication or other conventional therapies. 

At BrainHealth Solutions, we’ll help you take control of your mental health and successfully manage any form of anxiety disorder. BrainHealth Solutions is headed by Dr. Robert Bota, a board-certified psychiatrist and distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. 

Contact us today to learn more about how TMS therapy can help alleviate your symptoms of anxiety. We’ll gladly answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

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