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TMS for Anxiety
TMS has proved to be 2-3 times more effective in resolving Generalized Anxiety than anti-depressant medications and/or talk therapy.
Our San Diego Clinic specializes in providing TMS for Anxiety disorders. Anxiety is the most common of the mood disorders — over 40 million American adults, alone, suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. Proper anxiety disorders differ, substantially, from the transient anxiety caused by a stressful event or situation, such as public speaking, taking an exam, etc. In Generalized Anxiety, symptoms are customarily open, unrestricted, broad anxieties that seem relentless. As a result, those who suffer from GAD feel incapable of living a normal day-to-day life.
Anxiety disorders include
- General Anxiety Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorders frequently accompany other mental health disorders, like depression and other mood disorders, and addiction — 60%+ of sufferers experience both anxiety and depression, together. Many symptoms of anxiety are similar to those of depression: difficulty concentrating, fatigue and problems sleeping.
- Chronic and/or disproportionate worry
- Perpetual sense of apprehension
- Inability to relax
- Difficulty or inability to make decisions
- Fixation on disruptive, negative thoughts
- Avoidance of common situations
- Physical symptoms (fatigue, sweating, shakiness, muscle aches, nausea, and headaches)
Untreated, Generalized Anxiety often results in inhibited social and professional growth, damaging physical effects, loneliness, negative self-image, emotional distress, and feeling a loss of control of one’s own life.
TMS Treatment for Anxiety
At Brain Therapy TMS, we use the electroencephalogram or EEG to evaluate the patient before TMS treatment. The purpose of the EEG evaluation is to examine the patient’s alpha brain waves, which are essential to determining how many Hz to give the patient.
Alpha brainwaves are those that require little to no effort to emit. A perfect example would be when someone is first waking up. They are simply getting their muscles warmed up and are not doing any type of problem-solving whatsoever.
On average, TMS for Anxiety merits 1-20 Hz burst of magnetic pulses to stimulate the right (or left) dlPFC part of the brain which takes roughly 15-20 minutes. Keep in mind, these numbers are on average, meaning they can be different according to each patient’s EEG evaluation.
Anxiety is complex and acts between multiple neural pathways. So, other parts of the brain may be targeted as well, depending on EEG assessment results.
A new study done by Translational Psychiatry in February of 2020 explores the use of inhibitory rTMS on the parietal cortex. The parietal lobe plays a role in processing sensory information such as touch, visual input, taste, hearing, spatial awareness, language processing, etc. This area can be especially useful in cases where sensory information and stimulus trigger anxiety — notably seen in phobias or PTSD.
TMS therapy has proven to be a highly effective and safe treatment for all forms of Anxiety. Clinical studies evidence that as high as 70% of anxiety sufferers have a significant improvement response to TMS – 68% achieve remission from their anxiety.
If you’d like to learn more about the treatment process at our TMS Center, please visit our TMS Procedure page.
TMS benefits include
- High Success Rate – considerably higher success rate than any other treatments
- Non-Invasive – the treatment is entirely external to the body
- Non-Sedative – it requires no sedation and is relatively painless
- Minimal to No Side Effects – it has no side effects in the vast majority of patients
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TRICARE Insurance For Anxiety Treatment
Brain Therapy TMS is now in-network with one of the largest US service providers in the United States, TRICARE. TRICARE’s mental health benefits cover a wide range of anxiety treatments, one of which is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
Those who serve in the United States armed forces may suffer from specific, career-related anxiety disorders. In certain circumstances, their family members may develop anxiety disorders and other mood disorders as well. Fortunately, TMS offers a viable solution for those whom either other anxiety remedies did not work, or would prefer another method of treatment.
No matter what type of anxiety disorder someone has, they may find TMS helps more than any other treatment. Reach out today to discover whether your TRICARE plan has you covered.
Does TMS work for anxiety?
A meta-analysis of multiple studies on the effectiveness of TMS in anxiety or trauma-related disorders confirms its safety and therapeutic potential. There are a number of satisfactory results of TMS treatment for anxiety, though larger trials are still needed to validate this.
Can TMS worsen anxiety?
When TMS is used specifically for anxiety disorders, targeting the prefrontal cortex, a study noted patients seeing an improvement of their symptoms. When used on the left prefrontal cortex during the manic phase of a bipolar disorder, some patients saw a slight worsening of manic symptoms. But, the same study also mentioned that PTSD patients saw improvement in hyperarousal symptoms, suggesting that TMS may have an anxiolytic and calming effect when used appropriately.
Is TMS FDA approved for anxiety?
TMS is not approved by the FDA for treatment of anxiety, though it is FDA approved for medication-resistant depression. As larger, ongoing studies confirm its effectiveness for the treatment of anxiety disorders, we may eventually see an FDA approval. Current studies suggest these larger studies will prove its therapeutic benefit.
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