TMS, or Transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate brain cells involved in mood control and depression. TMS is indicated and FDA-cleared for the treatment of depression in those who have not experienced satisfactory relief or have not tolerated at least 1 antidepressant. Since its FDA clearance in 2008 for depression and 2018 for OCD, numerous studies have suggested TMS may also be a promising treatment for a broad range of psychiatric conditions, including anxiety disorders.
Neuro Wellness Spa recognizes the benefits that TMS offers. We are here to help.
It is not uncommon for people with anxiety to also have depression. To learn more about TMS, or to schedule a consultation with our Medical Director, contact us at 1-877-847-3984 today.
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy?
How is Anxiety Treated with TMS?
A typical TMS treatment course consists of:
- 36 treatment sessions over a 3-month period
- Each session lasts 20-30 minutes
- Typically, a treatment protocol involves 5 treatments per week for 6 weeks followed by 2 treatments per week for 3 weeks
During treatment sessions, patients relax in a treatment chair and a TMS magnet is placed over the patient’s scalp. The magnet delivers pulses to specific areas of the brain. These pulses feel like taps on the head.
The magnetic pulses inhibit areas of the brain with overactive levels of activity. As a result, TMS regulates emotions and lessens the severity of anxiety symptoms.
Anxiety disorders are real, treatable medical conditions- just as real as physical disorders like heart disease or diabetes. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental disorders in the United States. If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone:
- Nearly 40 million people (18% of the adult population) in the United States experience anxiety disorders
- Women are twice as likely to suffer from anxiety as men.
- Less than 40% of people suffering from anxiety disorders seek treatment.
- Children are also affected. One-quarter of children aged 13 to 18 suffer from some form of anxiety
- Globally, 1 in 13 people suffers from anxiety
If you or a loved one has an anxiety disorder, Neuro Wellness Spa can help. Get in touch with us today to learn more about effective treatment options.
Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety
While it’s normal to experience occasional anxiety, persistent and seemingly uncontrollable anxiety that interferes with daily activities may indicate an anxiety disorder. Everyday anxiety may arise due to high-stress situations, like public speaking, but these temporary feelings of fear or worry tend to go away.
However, anxiety disorders:
- Involve lingering and worsening anxiety
- Often co-occur with depression or other mental disorders
- Negatively impact daily life
Anxiety can affect have physical, cognitive and behavior effects. Some possible signs and symptoms of anxiety include:
- Tiring easily
- Issues with falling or staying asleep
- Tense muscles
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increased heart rate
- Shakiness or trembling
Anxiety disorders may also include panic disorders, specific phobias (like claustrophobia or aerophobia) and selective mutism.
If you experience a combination of these symptoms, especially if they persist for several weeks or months, then you may have an anxiety disorder. Talk to your doctor to learn more about your treatment options.
Is TMS Effective for Anxiety?
Even though it was originally used to treat depression, TMS has been investigated and shown to be effective in treating anxiety. Anxiety negatively impacts certain regions of the brain in which it causes abnormal levels of activity. The magnetic pulses used in TMS target these overactive areas to reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
How Long Does it Take for TMS to Start Working?
Most patients experience notable improvement with TMS by session 8, 9 or 10 (about two weeks after starting treatment) as opposed to medications which may take 4-6 weeks to relieve symptoms.
Can TMS Increase Anxiety?
Typically, there are no side effects of TMS treatment. Mild scalp discomfort during active treatment is the most common side effect. Other infrequent but known side effects may include:
- Mild Headache
How Successful is TMS?
Several studies investigating TMS in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) have reported its effectiveness.
One study published on TMS and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) found 60% of patients noticed an improvement in their symptoms as measured by the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HARS).
Other studies of TMS for anxiety have suggested that TMS is most successful in the treatment of GAD when combined with anti-anxiety medications.
TMS should not be used in patients who have:
- Implanted magnetic devices, such as aneurysm clips or cochlear implants. Dental fillings and piercings are not magnetic devices.
If you would like to learn more about TMS, please contact our expert clinical team today.
Why Use TMS to Treat Anxiety?
Conventional psychotherapies and medications may not be effective in some patients with anxiety disorders. TMS may be a safe and effective treatment option for those who have not experienced symptom relief with standard treatments. TMS is minimally invasive and generally well-tolerated.
For more information about the services we offer or whether TMS treatment is covered by your insurance provider, contact us today.