TMS for PTSD – How it is Transforming Recovery

TMS for PTSD – How it is Transforming Recovery 474 316 Neuralia TMS


What is PTSD, and how can TMS treat it?

A traumatic experience or witnessing one can lead to the mental health condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder (often abbreviated to PTSD). Magnetic fields are used in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to stimulate particular parts of the brain. During this minimally invasive treatment, a magnetic coil is applied to the scalp, producing magnetic pulses that cause electrical currents in the desired brain region. The prefrontal cortex, which is in charge of controlling mood, emotions, and cognitive processes, is the location of stimulation.

TMS offers a variety of modalities, such as intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) and repetitive magnetic transcranial stimulation (rTMS). While iTBS delivers pulses in fast succession, rTMS delivers repetitive magnetic stimulation pulses over the course of several treatment sessions. Depending on the target area and stimulation parameters, both modalities seek to influence brain activity by either increasing or lowering cortical excitability.

The therapeutic advantages of TMS therapy come from its capacity to modify brain activity, fostering the growth of new neural connections and reestablishing balanced functioning in afflicted brain regions. When compared to pharmacological therapies, TMS has the advantage of being a safe and well-tolerated therapy option with few adverse effects. 

TMS has potential as an efficient non-invasive method for enhancing the quality of life for people with a range of neuropsychiatric illnesses, according to growing research.

Find out more information on how TMS for PTSD treatment works.


What are the symptoms of PTSD?

  1. Intrusive thoughts, a typical PTSD symptom. People could relive the terrible event in their brains as a result of upsetting memories or nightmares. Additionally, people could experience flashbacks where they seem to be reliving the incident.
  2. Avoidance behaviours, this may entail keeping away from individuals, locations, or pursuits that bring up the painful experience. Due to the upsetting feelings it evokes, they could also refrain from discussing or thinking about the incident.
  3. Unfavourable shifts in thought and mood, this can be seen as low self-esteem or dissatisfaction with the world, feelings of alienation, or a loss of interest in once-enjoyed hobbies. People may also experience concentration issues or memory issues.
  4. Alterations in one’s emotional and physical responses, where higher levels of arousal, might cause people to exhibit irritability, angry outbursts, and trouble falling asleep. They could also react with exaggerated astonishment or become overly alert.

Comprehending and identifying these indications is essential for accurately identifying and managing PTSD. It’s critical to get assistance from mental health specialists who can offer the right therapies and support to manage and reduce these symptoms.

When diagnosing PTSD, the length and intensity of symptoms are also important factors. For symptoms to be distinguished from acute stress reactions, they must last longer than a month. Furthermore, there is a range in the degree of symptoms, from mild to severe.

It’s critical to rule out other mental health issues like anxiety or depression that could present with similar symptoms. To properly diagnose PTSD and guarantee that the right treatment is given, proper diagnosis and assessment are essential.

In general, evaluating the criteria for PTSD diagnosis entails determining the duration and intensity of symptoms, as well as ruling out other mental health illnesses that may present with comparable symptoms.

Why target the Prefrontal Cortex with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

One important part of the brain that is involved in both emotional control and cognitive processing is the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) targeting the PFC has become a viable therapy option for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in recent years. TMS therapy attempts to lessen the impact of traumatic memories on people with PTSD and refine depressive symptoms by adjusting PFC activity. Prefrontal cortex-targeted TMS has been shown in numerous trials to have positive impacts on quality of life and to reduce symptoms related to mental health disorders. For people who have not responded to conventional therapy, this focused method offers a fresh viewpoint on treating depression and PTSD.

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Treating depressive symptoms with high-frequency repeated TMS (rTMS) administered to the left DLPFC (Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex) has demonstrated positive results. It lowers depression symptoms and enhances general quality of life by raising cortical excitability in the targeted region.

However, by lowering cortical excitability in the region, low-frequency rTMS given to the right DLPFC has demonstrated encouraging benefits in alleviating symptoms of PTSD. The DLPFC’s modulation, along with its connection to the amygdala (a part of the brain involved in fear response and memory formation), reduce anxiety and intrusive symptoms linked to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Our team alongside Dr Shanek Wick at Neuralia TMS are able to discuss your treatment options and history with mental health.

Clinical Research on TMS as PTSD treatment

Clinical research has demonstrated encouraging outcomes for TMS therapy in relation to PTSD. In one study, TMS treatment was shown to dramatically lessen intrusive symptoms in PTSD patients, such as upsetting memories. According to a different study, TMS treatment reduced the avoidance and arousal symptoms that are frequently linked to PTSD.

These recent studies have looked at the efficacy of TMS therapy in a number of populations, such as people with chronic PTSD and those who are depressed yet resistant to treatment. All things considered, the findings imply that TMS might be a helpful therapeutic choice for people with PTSD and depression, providing symptomatic relief and possibly enhancing their quality of life. 

In conclusion

Although TMS isn’t a miracle treatment for PTSD, it is unquestionably a big advancement in the search for better, more effective therapies. With the development of technology and our growing understanding of the brain, therapies such as TMS provide hope to individuals seeking recovery from PTSD.

Visit your GP or contact our team at Neuralia TMS, Palmyra to go over the possible advantages and disadvantages of TMS if you or a loved one is thinking about it for PTSD or any other mental health illness.


Overcoming Stigma: Perth Psychiatrist, Dr Wick weighs in on TMS as your Mental Health Treatment

Overcoming Stigma: Perth Psychiatrist, Dr Wick weighs in on TMS as your Mental Health Treatment 944 944 Neuralia TMS

Mental Health can be a daunting experience that can interfere with your daily life. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to manage it, and TMS treatment is one of the most effective. Perth Psychiatrist, Dr Shanek Wick and the team at Neuralia TMS, Palmyra recommends discussing TMS treatment with your GP as an option for managing Mental Health. Find out more information about how TMS works.

The fact that TMS treatment is non-invasive—that is, it doesn’t require any surgery or medication—is one of its main advantages. For those who are unable to take medication owing to side effects or other health issues, this makes it a safe and viable alternative. The majority of patients simply experience a slight tapping sensation on their scalp during TMS therapy, which is also completely painless.

The fact that TMS treatment is very individualised is another advantage. Based on your particular requirements and symptoms, Perth psychiatrist Dr. Shanek Wick will work with you and your treatment plan. The standard course of treatment entails daily sessions for a few weeks, but the frequency and duration of treatment may change based on your particular situation.

If you’re considering TMS treatment for your mental health, it’s essential to work with a qualified and an experienced Perth Psychiatrist who specialises in the TMS treatment option. Your GP can assist you in deciding whether TMS is the best option for you and recommend you to a psychiatrist who will create a specialised treatment plan that takes into account your unique needs.

Find out if you are a good candidate for TMS Treatment.

In conclusion, TMS treatment is a safe and effective option for managing mental health. If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD or PTSD and are looking for a non-invasive treatment option, TMS may be worth considering. Talk to our team at Neuralia TMS about whether TMS is the right choice for you, and take the first step towards regaining control over your mental health.

Are we able to treat General Anxiety with TMS?

Are we able to treat General Anxiety with TMS? 2048 1150 Neuralia TMS

Anxiety and depression leave you worried, tense, drained and demotivated. Both conditions have many things in common. If you’re going through one condition, more likely you may have symptoms of the other. 

TMS therapy is a saviour for depression patients. But the question is 

Can TMS therapy help general anxiety?

Yes, TMS therapy can help you get out of anxiety. However, it is not an approved treatment for anxiety disorder. It explicitly targets depression. However, when you use it to treat depression, you may notice an improvement in your anxiety symptoms. The more effective treatment options for anxiety disorder are talk therapy and medication. 

TMS does have specific protocols for Anxiety Disorders such as PTSD and OCD.

Indeed, it’s challenging to treat anxiety and depression at the same time. But you must keep trying. Once you know how both these mental health conditions are related, you can find the best treatment option for you. 

How Depression and Anxiety Are Connected? 

Researchers have presented various theories to explain how Anxiety and Depression are connected. Below are some findings

Most of the time, anxiety and depression occur together. According to researchers, 60% of people with depression have anxiety symptoms. The same is true for people with an anxiety disorder to have anxiety. It indicates that one of the disorders will be dominant. The other will appear as a recessive disorder and show some of its symptoms. 

At the same time, the overall health effects of the dominant disorder will increase. You may have to struggle more to be active in your daily life.

Treat Depression with TMS, Help Your Anxiety 

Anxiety and depression have many emotional and physical symptoms in common. Some symptoms may aggravate other issues. For instance, poor appetite leads to fatigue, and poor sleeping habits lead to irritability. 

You will feel much better once one or two symptoms are improved. Improvement in depression symptoms will make you visionary. You will feel a positive energy. 

You can treat anxiety when you work to improve the following symptoms: 

  • Sleeping habits such as not enough sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Fatigue or muscle aches
  • Change in eating patterns 
  • Irritability 
  • Difficulty in concentrating 

Don’t Ignore Anxiety and Keep seeking treatment!

Treatment of one condition doesn’t mean you will get rid of the other condition. Indeed, depression treatment helps you with some of the anxiety symptoms. But, it’s not enough to treat anxiety. Instead, talk therapy or medication works wonder for anxiety. So, you must go with these options even if you feel better after getting TMS depression treatment

Final Thoughts..!!!

Depression and anxiety leave you overwhelmed. It’s time taking to figure out the right treatment option. But once you find the one that works for both conditions, you will return to life. You will feel a positive energy. So, stay encouraged and keep trying to find the best treatment option for both conditions. 

Learn about how TMS works from a scientific perspective

Neuralia TMS are the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) specialists in Perth, WA. TMS is non-invasive treatment for depression and several other conditions.

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