Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects approximately 3.5 percent of Americans and it is estimated that one in eleven people will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime (psychiatry.org). PTSD can also co-occur with other related mental health conditions, such as depression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a highly effective, medication-free, non-invasive, treatment for mental health conditions. Read more to learn how TMS therapy can treat you.
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is caused after witnessing or being involved in a traumatic event, according to the American Psychiatric Association. For example, PTSD can occur as a result of experiencing a serious accident, terrorist attack, rape, violent assault, or war (psychiatry.org). PTSD is considered a type of anxiety disorder, in which the feelings related to a distressing event last long after the event has ended. Another common response after a traumatic event is depression, so it is not surprising that both conditions can occur at the same time. PTSD can occur in anyone, no matter the gender, ethnicity, nationality, age, or culture. In order to be diagnosed by a PTSD psychiatrist, symptoms will last more than a month following exposure to the event, and can persist for several months and even years. Individuals can develop PTSD symptoms within the first three months of trauma, but symptoms can appear after the time period (mayoclinic.org).
A form of treatment for mental health conditions such as depression related PTSD, is known as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS therapy. This form of therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses gentle magnetic pulses to positively stimulate the neurotransmitters of the brain. It is a safe form of treatment for those seeking to reduce their symptoms of depression related PTSD and possibly even relieve PTSD related to depression. Unlike other psychiatric treatment methods, such as medication, patients experience no side effects when receiving treatment. Additionally, counseling services might not be enough to treat depression. TMS therapy allows patients to target their symptoms with a non-invasive treatment and patients can recover sooner than expected with other treatment options. NeuroSpa TMS is a depression and depression-induced PTSD treatment center with locations surrounding the Tampa area, that is a leading TMS provider with outstanding remission and improvement rates. TMS therapy for depression related treatment is covered by most major insurance providers, such as Medicare and TRICARE.
Research shows that among people who have had a PTSD diagnosis, approximately 48% to 55% also experienced current or previous depression. People who have had PTSD, are three to five times as likely to have depression than people without PTSD (verywellmind.com). Overall, depression is one of the most commonly co-occurring diagnoses in people with post-traumatic stress disorder.
People with depression are more likely to have experienced traumatic events, for example, a history of abuse is a risk factor for depression, and coinciding experiences play a role in PTSD. According to Michael Tull, a PTSD therapist, people who have PTSD may have increased difficulty expressing positive emotions. These instances make people feel disconnected from their friends and family, which can cause depression to develop. Finally, both mental health conditions can be susceptible through genetics (verywellmind.com).
A study published by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs looked at 20 Veterans who received either real or sham PTSD treatment everyday for 10 days. The Veterans who received actual TMS Therapy showed improvement in overall PTSD, and related symptoms of depression. The author further explains the study, “supports the growing evidence for the effectiveness of repetitive TMS for the treatment of PTSD.”
Studies show two-thirds of people who suffer from depression improve with TMS, but Neurospa TMS has a higher rate response – 88.5 percent of patients see significant symptom improvement and 59 percent achieve complete remission.
TMS works to painlessly stimulate the brain and restore healthy neurotransmission in order to promote communication between nerve cells, to help rehabilitate healthy brain activity. At Neurospa TMS patients can receive a drug free, depression-related PTSD therapy and improve healthy brain function in just a few weeks!
If you or a loved one have witnessed a traumatic event, the American Psychiatric Association reports you may notice some of the symptoms, such as:
It is not unlikely for people with PTSD to experience other mental health illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, alongside their symptoms. Research found that half of all people with PTSD also have a major depressive disorder that co-occurs with their PTSD. Getting the best treatment for PTSD after symptoms develop is important to reduce symptoms and improve function.
A PTSD doctor is more likely to diagnose women with PTSD twice as often than men – 10% of women experience PTSD after trauma versus 4% of men, according to the Office on Women’s Health.
In this blog article, we differentiate PTSD symptoms in men and women. Although men are more likely to experience trauma, women are more likely to have a long standing reaction than women. Men usually experience physical trauma such as accidents and war (ptsd.va.gov). Women more commonly experience, sexualt assault, childhood abuse, etc. Sexual assault is more likely to cause PTSD than other events, and women blame themselves for their trauma more often than men (ptsd.va.gov).
Men who suffer from PTSD are more likely to feel anger and have trouble controlling their anger, and turn to drugs or alcohol as a result of trauma in comparison to women with PTSD. Women are more likely than men to be easily startled, have trouble feeling/expressing emotions, avoid trauma reminders, etc.
While men and women alike can experience any and all identified symptoms of PTSD, any related symptoms can inhibit an individual’s ability to perform normally, in work, school, or everyday life.
With our highly skilled team at Neurospa TMS, we offer our revolutionary treatment to those who have served our country. If you are a veteran and are experiencing symptoms of PTSD, such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, or others, call us to see how we can help you feel like yourself again.
Before you can get started undergoing depression related PTSD therapy, it is important to consult with a PTSD psychologist and receive proper diagnosis of your symptoms. Most people use prescription medications before discovering the benefits of TMS therapy. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation may initially sound intimidating, however, TMS therapy is pain-free and can be completed without the risk of harmful side effects associated with other treatment methods such as antidepressants and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Once you are cleared to begin treatment, you can begin your road to recovery. Sessions are 20 minutes long, and depending on your personal needs and symptoms, the total length of treatment will vary.
Once treatment concludes, your healing process is underway. Patients can immediately resume everyday activities as normal with no harmful side effects.
If you are currently experiencing symptoms of depression related PTSD, and PTSD counseling or treatment hasn’t worked for you, you could see if you qualify for coverage. TMS therapy is FDA cleared for depression and covered by most major insurance companies, such as Medicare and TRICARE. With qualified insurance and a free consultation, treatment could come at no cost at all. If you live in the Central Florida area and seeking help with your depression related PTSD, reach out to the professionals at a Neurospa TMS location near you!
Dr. William Nathan Upshaw is the Medical Director of Neurospa TMS. Ever since his first encounter with a TMS chair in 2010, Dr. Upshaw was not only inspired by its remarkable potential but insatiably determined to provide this breakthrough therapy to as many people as possible. Dr. Upshaw has received advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Tampa Bay Institute for Psychodynamic Studies, and has received official certification in TMS and ECT therapy from the MUSC Health Institute of Psychiatry. “Clinical trials and Clinical TMS Society guidelines support TMS therapy after one depression medication failure,” said Upshaw. “TMS is now a mainstream treatment for depression, but many people still aren’t familiar with it or don’t understand how it works.”
At Neurospa TMS, patient comfort and satisfaction is our top priority. From the moment patients step inside one of our locations, they are welcomed by a spa-like environment.
Our friendly staff is here to guide you every step of the way and make your healing process easy and relaxing. The atmosphere at Neurospa TMS surrounds patients with relaxing light and their preferred choice of music, making your 20-minute sessions a peaceful escape.
Neurospa TMS is open Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to allow patients to schedule their therapy sessions when it is most convenient.
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