TMS Therapy as a Treatment for Anxiety Caused By Depression in Tampa

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, and it is important to know you are not alone. Anxiety can affect anyone, no matter the age, race or gender. Anxiety disorders and depression are not the same, however there is evidence that those suffering from depression can in turn have depression-induced anxiety. There are various treatment options to combat the struggles of anxiety as a result of depression- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) being one of them. Read on to see how NeuroSpa can provide TMS therapy that can work for you.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is very common and affects 40 million adults in the U.S. aged 18 and older, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Anxiety is defined as, “[…] the mind and body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. It’s the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread you feel before a significant event.” (anxiety.org) Many people who have developed depression are seen to have suffered from an anxiety disorder prior, although one does not cause the other (aada.org). 

 

There are several types of anxiety disorders, ranging from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and more. Although the different anxiety disorders have their own set of symptoms, signs, and triggers, they all impact a patient’s day life, and can interfere on various occasions, from job performance to relationships (nimh.com). It is very possible that these anxiety disorders are induced by diagnosed depression, as the symptoms can overlap. One disorder does not cause the other, however, patients can suffer from both anxiety and depression. There is a difference between everyday anxiety and having an anxiety disorder. A patient suffering from an anxiety disorder is more debilitated by this disorder, while someone with everyday anxiety feels these symptoms on a more situational basis. For example, according to anxiety therapists, someone with everyday anxiety will experience anxiety and stress after a triggering event or situation, while someone suffering from anxiety disorder will feel these symptoms at a heightened level for an extended period of time (adaa.org).

What is TMS Therapy?

A form of treatment possible for patients with depression-induced anxiety is TMS Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or simply known as TMS therapy. This non-invasive procedure works by stimulating nerve cells in specific areas of the brain through recurring magnetic pulses. Anxiety psychiatrists and anxiety doctors may suggest this form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to those who have not seen positive results from medication or other practices for treatment of anxiety caused by depression. By performing this stimulation, TMS aims to improve symptoms of anxiety, as well as symptoms for those who suffer from depression. This treatment allows for the symptoms of anxiety-induced depression to be targeted and allow for patients to begin the road to recovery in a faster way. NeuroSpa TMS is a depression and depression-induced anxiety treatment center in Tampa that is a leader in providing TMS therapy to patients in need. There have been hundreds of studies across the world that have shown positive results for TMS treatments for anxiety caused by depression, proving the procedure’s benefits for patients.

How Does TMS Therapy Treat Depression-Induced Anxiety?

Anxiety, from a scientific standpoint, is the misfiring of electromechanical signals in the brain (healio.com). This misfire creates the negative feeling of worry, fear and even physical symptoms, such as a rapid heartbeat, tension and more. Anxiety can be induced by those patients who suffer from depression, as most people who suffer from one of these mental illnesses are likely to suffer from the other. Depression patients also suffer from these misfirings, so targeting the areas of the brain within the same area. TMS therapy works to restore healthy neurotransmission to the affected area of the brain where these chemical imbalances exist, resulting in positive brain activity. After a few anxiety therapy treatments, patients will see, and feel, the positive results from TMS! 

 

How To Help Someone With Anxiety?

Even if you yourself do not suffer from anxiety, or anxiety caused by diagnosed depression, it is important to know how you can support and help someone close to you as they combat this disorder.

 

Featured is an exclusive NeuroSpa TMS blog article on how to help someone with anxiety: How to Help Someone With Anxiety

Symptoms of Anxiety:

As previously mentioned, there are various forms of anxiety disorder, but there are general feelings and symptoms that correlate with each. These anxiety symptoms may not be hyper-specific to anxiety induced by depression, however, the symptoms are generally the same.  According to the Cleveland Clinic, symptoms vary for each type of anxiety disorder, however, the most common symptoms of anxiety are feelings of panic or fear, problems sleeping, uncontrollable or excessive thoughts and repeated thoughts to traumatic flashbacks. 

Other forms of anxiety do have symptoms that are key signs that you may be suffering from a more specific anxiety disorder. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, includes irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and feeling restless and wound up. Patients suffering from panic disorder have symptoms including heart palpitations, sweating and trembling that onset very quickly and without any real warning. 

Phobia-related anxiety disorder patients suffer from irrational and excessive worry, and often take active steps to avoid a certain phobia. Social anxiety disorder used to be called social phobia, however, over 15 million adults suffer from SAD and experience strong fears of social or performative situations (nimh.com). 

Remember- there is no shame in reaching out to a healthcare professional to see if these elevated symptoms of anxiety can lead to diagnoses of an anxiety disorder. Nearly half of those diagnosed by a psychologist with depression are then diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, so it is not uncommon for a patient to experience both, as stated by the ADAA.

Science Behind Anxiety

A study titled, The Neurobiology of Anxiety Disorders: Brain Imaging, Genetics, and Psychoneuroendocrinology, dives deep into how our brain’s misfires can lead to anxiety. According to the study, anxiety symptoms stem from imbalance in the emotional center of the brain rather than the higher cognitive centers. Anxiety can be triggered through both genetic and environmental factors and ongoing research shows that a genetic predisposition to anxiety, as well as depression, may be shared among mood and anxiety disorders, with the individual clinical manifestation being a product of both genetic and environmental influence. 

TMS Therapy and Anxiety

TMS therapy can be a great treatment option for patients with depression-induced anxiety who have not seen a positive result from medication or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Sometimes, basic counseling services may not be enough to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. So, if you have a prolonged use of medication to treat your anxiety, and are not happy with how you are feeling, TMS can be the right anxiety therapy treatment in Tampa FL for you. TMS is pain-free and non-invasive, and patients can see positive results within weeks. 

By incorporating TMS therapy into your anxiety treatment plan, you can start to see results after a few sessions, as well as be medication-free. With our treatment at NeuroSpa TMS , we have seen a 88.5% positive patient response in 2020 with 59% of patients maintaining remission with no side effects.

If you are in search of the best anxiety treatment in Tampa, and TMS is right for you, look no further than NeuroSpa TMS. Don’t let the fear of treating your symptoms stop you from contacting the professionals at NeuroSpa to see if you qualify for TMS therapy. TMS is FDA cleared to treat depression and covered by most insurance providers. 

Get to Know Dr. Upshaw

Dr. William Nate Upshaw is the Medical Director at NeuroSpa TMS and is a pioneer and advocate for this treatment for depression and depression-induced anxiety. Dr. Upshaw received his medical training at the University of Florida and Tulane University School of Medicine. After getting his doctorate at Tulane, he attended the University of South Tampa where he obtained a degree in Psychiatry. Dr. Upshaw received his training in TMS therapy shortly after the treatment was cleared in 2008, and has been a strong advocate for treating patients who need it most.

References

“Anxiety Disorders.” NAMI, www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Anxiety-Disorders/Treatment.

“Anxiety Disorders.” National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml.

“Anxiety Disorders: Types, Causes, Symptoms & Treatments.” Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9536-anxiety-disorders.

“Facts & Statistics.” Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA, adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics.

Jovanovic, Tanja. “Anxiety ” What Is Anxiety? Signs, Causes, Symptoms.” Anxiety.org, 12 Nov. 2019, www.anxiety.org/what-is-anxiety.

Martin, Elizabeth I, et al. “The Neurobiology of Anxiety Disorders: Brain Imaging, Genetics, and Psychoneuroendocrinology.” The Psychiatric Clinics of North America, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Sept. 2009, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3684250/.

“TMS Can Offer Relief from Anxiety.” Healio, 22 July 2019, www.healio.com/news/psychiatry/20190722/tms-can-offer-relief-from-anxiety.

“Understand the Facts.” Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA, adaa.org/understanding-anxiety.

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