Treating stress With Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a medical condition that results from a horrifying experience. This condition features several symptoms such as flashbacks, severe degrees of anxiety, and sometimes, nightmares. As the name suggests, PTSD is the result of an inability to recover from the shock experienced during a triggering or horrific experience. These vents may vary from natural disasters, accidents, sexual assaults, and witnessing a crime.
Post-traumatic stress disorders are grouped into four types depending on the kind of symptoms experienced. The four types of post-traumatic stress disorders are;
- Intrusive Memories: this type of PTSD features flashbacks and visual replays of the triggering event. It may also contain nightmares and repulsive reactions to images or situations that remind you of the traumatic occurrence.
- Avoidance or Evasion: the symptoms of PTSD avoidance include trying to stay away from conversations, things, places, and even people who may cause you to reminisce about the traumatic event.
- Negative Mood Alterations: the most common set of PTSD symptoms involve the patient having a negative outlook upon life and himself/herself. It may also feature feelings of detachment, social awkwardness, and difficulty to rediscover interests in previously fun activities.
- Physical and Emotional Symptoms: the physical and emotional symptoms associated with PTSD often include insomnia, feeling uneasy, and being easily startled. It may also include heightened aggression and irritability in behavioral conduct.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), PTSD affects about 7.7 million adults in the United States. PTSD affects about 3.5% of the American population and is more likely to occur in women than men. PTSD may result in heightened sensitivity, severe depression, and anxiety. PTSD may last anywhere between months and years after the causative event.
Due to its widespread nature and the depressive and anxious nature of its symptoms, Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been touted as a possible means of treating PTSD. This medical condition is currently treated by psychotherapy and may last between 12 to 16 weeks. The treatment procedure involves aiming to change behavioral patterns and methods of processing the traumatic event. However, psychotherapy sometimes falls short of the desired results.
That treatment is already covered by Tricare and available in Olympia, Wa., at Olympia TMS.
“We decided to start offering TMS wanting to make this amazing treatment available here,” said Dr. David Penner. “”TMS is known to be an extremely effective treatment for depression. However, while still considered “off label,” the literature is very compelling for the treatment of PTSD to the point of it being administered at the VA. In addition to our active duty military and veterans we see a sizable number of first responders with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This is an area of active work in our clinic.”
TMS is a non-invasive treatment that requires no therapy sessions. TMS treatment is applied by stimulating the areas of the brain related to mood, anxiety, and depression. It’s a painless procedure that doesn’t require the use of anesthesia. In addition to this, it features fewer side effects compared to medication and psychotherapy. The sessions may last anywhere between 3-19 minutes.
Individuals with PTSD symptoms in the South Sound area can get TMS treatments at Olympia TMS. The mental clinic was founded by Harvard trained Psychiatrist Dr. Penner and is the oldest TMS enabled clinic in Olympia.