How will TMS Therapy Help My Anxiety?
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is the most commonly diagnosed mental health condition in the United States, affecting more than 18 percent of the adult population each year.
In many cases, GAD co-exists with other conditions such as depression. This further complicates the prognosis and significantly affects one’s quality of life.
TMS for Anxiety
Transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS is a non-invasive, FDA-approved therapy for major depression. It uses magnetic pulses targeted at certain areas of the brain, resulting in the improvement of depression symptoms.
TMS has been gaining a lot of momentum in the behavioral health community for its efficacy among drug-resistant depression.
But does it work for anxiety as well?
The simple answer is YES.
The symptoms of depression and anxiety (collectively called mood disorders) are a result of a disruption in the emotional centers of the brain. TMS utilizes rapid and high-frequency pulses, targeting the areas of the brain responsible for mood regulation.
Treating anxiety with TMS is based on a theory that if the right side of the brain sends inhibitory signals to the left, then it can be possible that if the right side is subjected to TMS therapy, it can have a calming effect on an anxiety-riddled brain.
Although this is just a theory, several studies all over the world have shown the efficacy of TMS therapy in improving the symptoms of mood disorders, including GAD.
If you’ve tried anxiety medications, but are dissatisfied with their results, TMS therapy could be the right fit for you.
NeurOasis TMS offers a no-obligation consultation if you’d like to find out more. For appointment requests, you may visit this link or call us at (520) 338-2557.