Anxiety disorder is a common mental health issue that affects millions of people around the world. Fortunately, there are several treatments available for those who suffer from anxiety and major depressive disorder, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy.
But how does TMS therapy for anxiety work?
In this blog post, we’ll discuss what TMS therapy is and how it can help reduce anxiety symptoms and related mental health disorders.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Anxiety Disorder: How Does it Work?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) involves using magnetic pulses to stimulate specific areas in the brain associated with mood regulation and treatment for anxiety and major depressive disorder.
Benefits of TMS for Depression and Anxiety Disorders
To treat anxiety disorders, a transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy session involves placing a magnet near your head while you sit comfortably in a chair. The magnet delivers short bursts of energy into targeted areas within the brain and helps regulate neurotransmitters responsible for controlling emotions such as fear and worry.
These effects can lead to improved moods overall as well as decreased levels of stress and panic attacks associated with anxiety disorders.
By targeting certain parts of the brain directly through transcranial magnetic stimulation, patients may experience relief from their anxiety disorder without having to take medication or undergo other forms of psychotherapy like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
As a non-invasive treatment, transcranial magnetic stimulation has been found effective at reducing symptoms related to various types of psychological distress, including:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Major depressive disorder
- Anxious depression
- Panic disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
While research continues on the potential benefits offered by TMS therapy for anxiety disorders, some studies suggest that TMS may provide long-term relief from symptoms related to generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and PTSD when combined with other forms of treatment.
Additionally, many patients report feeling less anxious after just one session of TMS therapy!
[Related: The Real Pros And Cons Of TMS Therapy]
There Is Hope for Depression and Anxiety Disorders
Overall, TMS treatment is an exciting new treatment option that can offer long-term relief from debilitating anxiety symptoms without the need for medication or extensive psychotherapy sessions.
Hope exists, and help is always available. Don’t hesitate to consult a mental healthcare provider to determine if TMS (whether it’s repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation or deep transcranial magnetic stimulation) is the best treatment option for your condition.
[Related: The Difference Between TMS And Deep TMS]
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