Schizophrenia TMS Treatment in Southern California

 

Schizophrenia is a debilitating illness. When left untreated, it can endanger the sufferer’s life. The earlier this disorder is diagnosed, the sooner they can begin to return to a healthy lifestyle. It’s important to understand the signs, symptoms, and treatments of this disorder to control it and live a productive life. 

 

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we take pride in offering transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat schizophrenia. We’re constantly asked whether TMS effectively and safely treats this disorder. We are here to tell you it does. 

 

To learn more about TMS treatment for schizophrenia, contact us. We’ll answer all your questions and set you up for an initial consultation. Give us a call today or book through our website.

WHAT IS TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS) THERAPY?

TMS safely treats symptoms of anxiety and depression. It relies on the use of magnetic energy. This stimulates parts of the brain affected by mental health disorders. 

 

It began as a treatment option for non-responsive depression. Since, it has grown to include other disorders as well. However, it remains a depression alternative treatment option for many people. The Neuro Wellness Spa is one of the top providers of TMS therapy.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Machine at the NeuroWellness Spa.

TMS is both non-invasive and non-systemic. It has fewer side effects than other treatments. In some cases, no side effects at all. Other treatments rely on deep brain stimulation or vagus nerve stimulation. Unlike those treatments, TMS does not require electrode implantation or surgery. It will not cause seizures or require the use of anesthesia sedation. In fact, TMS will not affect cognitive function. Patients can go about daily activities following treatment. 

 

At our office, we show you exactly how the process works before your first session. When you make an appointment, you’ll see in person how TMS looks, and feels. 

What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy? 

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TMS safely treats symptoms of bipolar and depression. It relies on the use of magnetic energy. This stimulates parts of the brain affected by mental health disorders. 

 

It began as a treatment option for non-responsive depression. Since, it has grown to include other disorders as well. However, it remains a depression alternative treatment option for many people. The Neuro Wellness Spa is one of the top providers of TMS therapy. 

TMS is both non-invasive and non-systemic. It has fewer side effects than other treatments. In some cases, no side effects at all. Other treatments rely on deep brain stimulation or vagus nerve stimulation. Unlike those treatments, TMS does not require electrode implantation or surgery. It will not cause seizures or require the use of anesthesia sedation. In fact, TMS will not affect cognitive function. Patients can go about daily activities following treatment. 

 

At our office, we show you exactly how the process works before your first session. When you make an appointment, you’ll see in person how TMS looks, and feels. 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Machine at the NeuroWellness Spa.

How is Schizophrenia Treated with TMS?

TMS is an innovative treatment that involves applying a strong magnetic field close to the scalp’s surface. This device will send strong magnetic pulses to the brain, which will stimulate its network of neurons. This is a painless, non-invasive procedure that stimulates the cerebral cortex and decreases psychotic symptoms.

 

TMS is a possible solution to be tried alongside medication. Many individuals with this disorder experience symptoms like hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t there. Unfortunately, medicine doesn’t always make these symptoms go away. If your medication does not seem to be working for you, it’s very important to contact your doctor immediately. TMS is not an alternative to medication and schizophrenia sufferers should not view it as such, nor should they stop taking medication without permission from a doctor.

 

Some patients have shared they began to feel effects from TMS therapy within one week, while others reported that it took longer to feel the difference. The timeframe depends on every individual’s situation and genetic makeup.

However, TMS can help to treat schizophrenia and its symptoms. Call Neuro Wellness Spa today to learn more about the process.

Schizophrenia Disorder Statistics

Statistics show that individuals who suffer from schizophrenia usually have shorter lifespans. Many of them pass away earlier than expected with 40% of those deaths being attributed to suicide. About 5% of schizophrenic patients die by suicide. Hallucinations are among the contributing factors to this eventuality. 

 

Schizophrenia is not an illness to take lightly. Your loved one needs immediate help. First, receive help from a professional mental health facility. Then, call us to learn more about our TMS treatment to help sufferers control schizophrenia.

Signs & Symptoms of Schizophrenia 

If you believe your loved one has schizophrenia, stay calm. Start by learning more about the signs and symptoms of this disorder. 

 

If they’ve been diagnosed with schizophrenia, know that there are many treatments out there and it may take time to find the right combination. 

 

Don’t be misled by the myths regarding this disease. If your loved one is diagnosed, it doesn’t mean they have a split personality or are dangerous. 

 

Symptoms of this chronic brain disorder will begin anywhere between the ages of 16 and 30. You will very rarely notice them after the age of 45. Early symptoms involve a change of behavior including losing friendships, failing classes at school, or losing interest in activities they would normally enjoy. 

 

Doctors who treat this disorder divide signs and symptoms into 3 categories: 

  • Positive
  • Negative
  • Cognitive

 

Here is a brief description of each:

Positive Symptoms 

These types of symptoms include anything that involves losing touch with reality such as:

 

  • Hallucinations – seeing or hearing things that are not there. A common schizophrenia hallucination symptom is hearing voices. 
  • Delusions – individuals will struggle fighting off false believes such as paranoia (the delusion that someone is trying to harm you). 
  • Losing train of thought – another common sign includes thought disorders. Individuals will forget what they were about to stay in the middle of a sentence or makeup words as they speak. 

 

Negative Symptoms 

This brings us to the negative symptoms, which involve the inability to have normal emotions and behavior. For example:

 

  • Losing interest in plans after you set a date with someone 
  • Inability to finish an activity 
  • Loss of enjoyable feelings and emotions 
  • Self-care neglect like not bathing 

 

Cognitive 

This brings us to the symptoms that showcase a decline in the capacity of our mental health which include: 

 

  • Forgetfulness or poor memory 
  • Trouble paying attention
  • Difficulty making decisions or retaining information 

 

If you believe your loved one is suffering from any of these symptoms, there is help for them at Neuro Wellness Spa. Give us a call to learn more.

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FAQ – TMS & Schizophrenia

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Is TMS Effective for Schizophrenia?

TMS for helping treat schizophrenia has been studied for several years now. Research has shown that TMS is a safe, non-invasive treatment with minimal side effects. It has been approved for major depressive disorder by the FDA and continues to be researched.

How Long Does It Take for TMS to Start Working?


The time it takes for TMS to start working depends on the individual and their genetic make-up. Response time can be anywhere from one week to four weeks. If TMS doesn’t show results immediately, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t effective. It simply takes some people longer for their brain to adjust to the changes.

Can TMS Exacerbate Schizophrenia Symptoms?


TMS has been researched for over 15 years and has not shown any incidents of worsening an individual’s condition.

How Successful is TMS for Treating Schizophrenia?


TMS is considered a safe treatment with minimal side effects. The most serious side effect is risk of seizures; however, this is extremely rare and usually only occurs when the TMS coil is misplaced. The FDA approved TMS in 2008 for major depressive disorders. Ten thousand sessions were then conducted in a clinical trial, and there was not one single seizure occurrence. This innovative treatment shows promise for treating schizophrenia.

Why Use TMS to Treat Schizophrenia?


Schizophrenia treatments usually consist of antipsychotic medications. Often, these types of medicines are not as effective as doctors would like. In fact, it’s thought that almost one-third of schizophrenic patients don’t respond well to antipsychotic medications.

There is a strong need for alternative remedies when treating this disorder, and TMS has shown positive progress towards schizophrenic treatment. However, do not stop taking schizophrenia medication without supervision from a doctor.

Are Other Therapies Recommended Alongside TMS Treatments for Schizophrenia?


Psychotherapy for schizophrenics can be used in solo sessions, in group therapy, and combined with medication (Either TMS or antipsychotics). Team-based treatments offer positive outcomes because the individual receives a strong support system motivating them to continue treatment and keep up with their weekly goals.

Following TMS treatment, therapy gives the patient the opportunity to track changes and discuss their progress. Call us today to have your any questions about TMS combined with therapy answered.

Neuro Wellness Spa offers many different types of therapies; however, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy (TMS) has been the cornerstone treatment used for people suffering from depression, anxiety, and other treatable mental disorders at our office since 2009.

Is TMS Effective for Schizophrenia?

TMS for helping treat schizophrenia has been studied for several years now. Research has shown that TMS is a safe, non-invasive treatment with minimal side effects. It has been approved for major depressive disorder by the FDA and continues to be researched.

How Long Does It Take for TMS to Start Working?


The time it takes for TMS to start working depends on the individual and their genetic make-up. Response time can be anywhere from one week to four weeks. If TMS doesn’t show results immediately, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t effective. It simply takes some people longer for their brain to adjust to the changes.

Can TMS Exacerbate Schizophrenia Symptoms?


TMS has been researched for over 15 years and has not shown any incidents of worsening an individual’s condition.

How Successful is TMS for Treating Schizophrenia?


TMS is considered a safe treatment with minimal side effects. The most serious side effect is risk of seizures; however, this is extremely rare and usually only occurs when the TMS coil is misplaced. The FDA approved TMS in 2008 for major depressive disorders. Ten thousand sessions were then conducted in a clinical trial, and there was not one single seizure occurrence. This innovative treatment shows promise for treating schizophrenia.

Why Use TMS to Treat Schizophrenia?


Schizophrenia treatments usually consist of antipsychotic medications. Often, these types of medicines are not as effective as doctors would like. In fact, it’s thought that almost one-third of schizophrenic patients don’t respond well to antipsychotic medications.

There is a strong need for alternative remedies when treating this disorder, and TMS has shown positive progress towards schizophrenic treatment. However, do not stop taking schizophrenia medication without supervision from a doctor.

Are Other Therapies Recommended Alongside TMS Treatments for Schizophrenia?


Psychotherapy for schizophrenics can be used in solo sessions, in group therapy, and combined with medication (Either TMS or antipsychotics). Team-based treatments offer positive outcomes because the individual receives a strong support system motivating them to continue treatment and keep up with their weekly goals.

Following TMS treatment, therapy gives the patient the opportunity to track changes and discuss their progress. Call us today to have your any questions about TMS combined with therapy answered.

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If you or someone you love is experiencing schizophrenic symptoms, it’s time to get help. Treating this disorder earlier means better results. If you spot any signs in your loved one, get help and seek treatment as soon as you can. With mental health treatment and TMS, they can be on the way to a healthier, more productive lifestyle. 

 

Give us a call today at 1-877-847-3984 to learn more about how Neuro Wellness Spa can help.

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HOW DOES TMS THERAPY FEEL?

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we use a TMS device produced by MagVenture, which is a medical device company specializing in non-invasive magnetic stimulation systems. Once the coil is placed on your head, the TMS technician will then begin your treatment protocol. Treatments for depression are typically placed on the left side of your head, while treatments for anxiety are placed on the right. When the treatment starts, you will hear a series of clicks with each pulse while you feel a tapping sensation under the coil. The tapping sensation should not be painful, and your TMS technician will make sure that you remain as comfortable as possible during your treatment. Once your session is finished, you may experience a slight headache or some residual feeling from the tapping during your first few sessions, but any side effects from TMS are highly unlikely. After TMS treatment, you are free to continue with your day as usual.

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