Disorders Beyond Depression that Benefit from TMS Therapy
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is often used as a treatment for depression. This noninvasive therapy stimulates the brain cells in order to promote positive changes for depression patients. However, TMS can also be beneficial for other disorders and ailments.
One of the other most common disorders that can be treated with TMS therapy is anxiety. Individuals with anxiety may experience an increased heartbeat, rapid breathing, feelings of nervousness, and trembling. In many cases, anxiety is associated with depression. There may be a comorbidity or the anxiety may be a result of depression. TMS therapy can treat depression which in turn eases the anxiety symptoms. However, further research has found that TMS therapy can be beneficial as a treatment for anxiety alone. With anxiety, there is usually an increase in cell activity within the brain. TMS therapy can help decrease this activity so you can feel relief from anxiety. Of course, if you are experiencing depression and anxiety, you can still receive treatment for them together.
Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD is a condition where an individual is highly concerned with order, cleanliness, or control. The symptoms vary from person to person and can impact you throughout life. Much like anxiety, OCD is associated with increased cell activity within the brain. TMS therapy can help to slow this activity and improve symptoms. Much like depression, TMS therapy is recommended to individuals with OCD who have not responded to medication or other treatments. Often, it is used to help those who have not seen any significant improvements through other means.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often the result of experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Those who have PTSD may experience flashbacks of the event brought on by certain triggers. PTSD can last months to years and it varies between individuals. TMS therapy is helpful because it focuses on the prefrontal cortex in the brain. This is the area where you process fear. By targeting this area, TMS therapy can help ease the symptoms of PTSD. It also works well when paired with cognitive processing therapy.
TMS therapy is sustained therapy aimed at helping you improve your mental health. While it is primarily targeted at treating depression, it can be used to treat other disorders as well. It may be worth your time to see how it may help you.
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