PTSD Treatment
| Guidelines for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can feel overwhelming, like carrying the weight of a traumatic event every day. It’s a challenging condition that can affect your sleep, relationships, and overall well-being. But here’s the good news: you’re not alone, and there’s hope for healing. This is your road map for PTSD treatment.

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We’ll explore some key guidelines for navigating your journey, with a spotlight on a highly effective treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy.

Types of PTSD Treatments

Types of PTSD Treatment
Types of PTSD Treatment

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be incredibly difficult to deal with; fortunately, there are various ways to treat it. In this blog post, we’ll break down different types of PTSD treatment in straightforward language to help you understand your options for healing.

Talking Therapies

Also referred to as psychotherapy, these are conversations with a mental health professional, and they can be greatly beneficial for your recovery. Here are a few common talking therapies:

  • Counselling: Talk with a therapist who can help you understand and manage your feelings.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): Learn how to change negative thought patterns and behaviours.
  • Exposure therapy: Gradually face and overcome frightening memories to reduce their power.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a specific type of talking therapy that involves recalling distressing events while a therapist guides your eye movements. It aims to help reprocess events and reduce the impact of traumatic memories.

Group Therapy

Sharing your experiences with others who can genuinely empathise often provides support and reduces feelings of isolation. Group therapy creates a sense of community and shared healing.

Medication

Sometimes, PTSD medication can be part of the plan to manage PTSD symptoms, including:

  • Antidepressants: Help with mood and emotional balance.
  • Anti-anxiety medication: Assist in calming excessive worries and fears.

Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques

Learning to stay in the present moment can be a powerful tool for dealing with PTSD symptoms. Techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can help manage stress, anxiety, and intrusive thoughts.

Service Animals

Animals, particularly dogs, can be trained to provide comfort and support. Having a service animal can be especially helpful for individuals with PTSD.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for treating PTSD. It’s essential to find what works best for you. A mental health professional can guide you to choose the right combination of treatments tailored to your needs. Remember, healing is a process, and there’s always hope in exploring the various PTSD treatment avenues available to you.

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TMS: A Spark of Hope

Amongst various treatment options for PTSD, TMS therapy has been gaining attention as a powerful tool for PTSD treatment and recovery. Imagine using gentle magnetic pulses to stimulate specific areas of your brain involved in mood regulation, stress response, and how you process emotions connected to a traumatic event. This is essentially what TMS does. At Neuralia TMS, you can receive personalised PTSD treatment.

Why is TMS Exciting?

  • No needles, no drugs: TMS is a non-invasive and pain-free treatment.
  • Targeted therapy: It focuses on specific brain regions linked to PTSD symptoms.
  • Research-backed: Studies show its effectiveness in reducing symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety.

How Does TMS Work?

TMS machines generate magnetic fields that are used to target specific areas of the brain, particularly the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. This region of the brain is involved with depression, PTSD symptoms, and mood control.

TMS therapy will stimulate brain cell activity and activate the brainโ€™s inherent neuroplasticity, i.e. the brainโ€™s ability to reprocess and reorganise neural networks. Over time, TMS therapy can help regulate emotions and alleviate PTSD symptoms.

Important Points to Remember

  • TMS therapy is usually administered by trained professionals in a clinic.
  • Everyone responds differently, and results may take time to show.
  • Open communication with your healthcare team is crucial throughout the process.

Your Road to PTSD Treatment

If you’re struggling with PTSD and traditional treatments haven’t offered the relief you deserve, Neuralia TMS can help you on your path to a brighter future. Contact us today for a consultation and discover how this innovative therapy can help you manage your symptoms, rediscover peace, and reclaim your life from PTSD.

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TMS PTSD Treatment FAQs

  • No, TMS therapy is generally painless. Some individuals may experience mild discomfort, but it’s well-tolerated.

  • Sessions typically last 20 to 40 minutes, and the entire treatment course spans 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Common side effects include mild headache or scalp discomfort, but they usually resolve after the session. Some patients also experience facial twitching or light-headedness that will typically go away after a few sessions.

  • Yes, TMS therapy is covered by Medicare, with no out-of-pocket fees for patients who meet the depression eligibility criteria. At Neuralia TMS, Medicare will cover 100% of the cost of treatment for eligible patients. This includes all TMS treatment sessions and TMS psychiatrist reviews.

  • Many patients notice improvement after 15 to 20 sessions of consistent TMS sessions.

  • Yes, TMS therapy can complement other therapeutic approaches for a comprehensive treatment plan.

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Dr Shanek Wick – Author Bio

Dr. Shanek Wick, a distinguished Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, specialises in holistic mental health care with a focus on interventional psychiatry, neurostimulation, and addiction.

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