Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an innovative method of treatment for several of the most common mental health disorders. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people who have tried other treatments—antidepressant medications, talk therapy, or both—but haven’t made the progress they wanted.
A mental health disorder can disrupt every element of your daily life. It can affect your relationships, make you less productive at work, and keep you from fully enjoying your free time.
If you’re looking for a non-invasive, drug-free solution backed by science and research, consider TMS therapy. TMS works by regulating regions of the brain responsible for your psychiatric disorder. The frequency of the electromagnetic field determines which regions of your brain are targeted.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is used to treat:
There are many types of depression, but all of them have symptoms in common, like feelings of sadness and apathy. And they always affect how someone thinks, feels, and lives life.
Depression caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers, in your brain. These are responsible for effective communication between nerve cells. When they can’t communicate the way they’re supposed to, activity in the prefrontal cortex of your brain decreases.
TMS stimulates the prefrontal cortex using electromagnetic pulses. This depression treatment results in better mood regulation and reduction or elimination of your depression symptoms.
Anxiety disorders like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are caused by a hyperactive amygdala. The amygdala is the part of your brain that processes emotions.
To treat GAD and other anxiety disorders, TMS uses electromagnetic stimulation to regulate the neurons in your amygdala. This treatment causes them to function at a normal level of activity, which decreases your anxiety. When your amygdala is no longer hyperactive, your brain can better manage your emotions, impulses, and behaviors.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Symptoms of PTSD include:
- Emotional dysregulation
- Cognitive distortions like negative beliefs about yourself
These symptoms can disrupt how you function in every aspect of life.
Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs because hyperaroused regions of your brain work together to create destructive patterns.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation shifts these patterns, restoring your brain to normal, healthier functioning. PTSD can come with depression and anxiety symptoms, which can also be treated with TMS therapy.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
When you have OCD, certain regions of your brain are hyperactive. This results in increased anxiety and a state called hyperconnectivity. This state causes the intrusive, repetitive thoughts and compulsive behaviors you have with OCD.
During a treatment session, an electromagnetic field delivers magnetic pulses to calm the hyperactive regions of your brain. Decreased anxiety prevents your brain from entering hyperconnectivity, which lessens your repetitive thoughts and behaviors.
If you have questions about TMS or think it may be right for you, give HPR Treatment Centers a call! We’re happy to talk with you about any questions you have, payment and health insurance options, and what you can expect from transcranial magnetic stimulation at our clinic. We have locations all over the country! We look forward to assisting you on your journey to recovery.
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