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TMS Therapy for PTSD

February 25, 2020

PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that affects about 3.5 percent of the American population.

Although it’s usually associated with combat vets, there are people who develop PTSD even without any history of being in combat.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a form of anxiety disorder. It can occur following a traumatic event – be it a result of violence, natural disasters, or accidents.

To manage the symptoms, PTSD sufferers are usually recommended for counseling, anti-

depressants, and anti-anxiety medications. Unfortunately, some people experience the undesirable effects of these drugs. 

Fortunately, there’s an alternative treatment – TMS therapy. 

What is TMS?

TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a noninvasive procedure for helping patients manage their anxiety and depressive symptoms.

It’s FDA-approved and has minor side effects, compared to anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs.

In TMS therapy, a small coil is placed over the patient’s head. The electric current that circulates through the coil produces a magnetic field that can pass through the scalp and bone, inducing changes on the nerve cell activity. 

The effectiveness of TMS depends on the location, intensity, and frequency of the applied magnetic pulses. 

TMS Therapy for PTSD

In PTSD patients, several areas of the brain could get affected by trauma. This could include the amygdala, ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), and the hippocampus.

TMS therapy works by stimulating the cells in vmPFC and other affected areas of the brain. This could change cell activity and could even bring it back to its normal activity level. 

Restoring the balance and stability in these areas of the brain can help ease the symptoms of PTSD.

Several studies show that TMS therapy can help improve PTSD symptoms, both the main and related ones. 

NeurOasis TMS commits to quality TMS therapy for all patients. 

Whether you’re getting it for depression, anxiety, PTSD, or something else, we commit to helping you improve your symptoms drug-free.

If you have more questions about TMS therapy, don’t hesitate to call us. You can schedule an appointment by calling (520) 338-2557.