Treatment For Depression-Related PTSD In Tampa

If you’ve tried to find relief from PTSD and PTSD-related depression without results, we invite you to discover a new way of finding hope, health and healing at NeuroSpa Therapy Centers. Our holistic approach to PTSD treatment focuses on individual needs, combining several different methods to find the best possible solution for a patient’s specific situation.

What is PTSD?

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition caused by witnessing or being involved in a traumatic event, according to the American Psychiatric Association. A serious accident, terrorist attack, rape, violent assault, or war are just some of the ways that PTSD can take hold (psychiatry.org). PTSD is considered a type of anxiety disorder, in which the feelings related to a distressing event last, or recur in episodes, long after the event has passed. Another common response to a traumatic event is depression, so it is unsurprising that both conditions can occur simultaneously. 

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, regardless of gender, ethnicity, nationality, age, or culture (psychiatry.org).

PTSD Symptoms:

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: 

  • Intrusive thoughts, memories, or flashbacks of the traumatic event
  • Avoiding reminders of the distressing event
  • Negative feelings about self or others
  • Arousal and reactive symptoms such as angry outbursts, reckless behaviors, irritability, startled responses or problems concentrating

 

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.

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How PTSD and Depression Are Connected

Research shows that among those who have had a PTSD diagnosis, approximately 48% to 55% also experienced current or prior depression. People who have had PTSD are three to five times as likely to have depression than those without PTSD (verywellmind.com). Overall, depression is one of the most commonly co-occurring conditions in people with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Like those with PTSD, people with depression are more likely to have experienced traumatic events. According to Michael Tull, a therapist specializing in PTSD, people suffering from 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 or worsen. Finally, both mental health conditions can be susceptible through genetics (verywellmind.com).

Can NeuroSpa Therapy Centers Help My PTSD Symptoms?

Our experienced team will work closely with you to determine the best course of action for your individual needs. The cornerstone of our treatment program is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). This incredibly effective, yet non-invasive, method of improving brain function is covered by all major insurance providers, and has a proven success rate surpassing traditional treatments like talk therapy and medication—all without systemic side-effects.

To help you get the most out of TMS, we offer options like CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), nutritional counseling and ketamine therapy for those who qualify. We also offer the possibility of performing blood work to assess whether biological issues are contributing to your PTSD, in which case, we’ll recommend supplements to help address those problems.

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TMS for PTSD

TMS uses targeted magnetic pulses to painlessly stimulate the brain and restore healthy neurotransmission, promote communication between nerve cells and help rehabilitate healthy brain activity—all in just 19-minute daily sessions. 

A study published by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs looked at 20 Veterans who received either real or placebo PTSD treatment every day 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.”

Though studies show two-thirds of those who suffer from depression improve with TMS, NeuroSpa Therapy Centers has achieved an above-average success rate, with 81% of patients seeing significant symptom improvement and 53% achieving complete remission.

Functional Medicine

At Neurospa, we believe in a holistic, integrative approach that identifies and addresses not just the neurological, but also physical, root causes of a mental health condition. Our aim is to promote the best practices to increase the chances of faster, more pronounced and longer-lasting depression and anxiety relief—that’s why we encourage our patients to learn more about incorporating supplemental vitamins and minerals into their primary therapy under the close administration and observation of our certified clinicians.

 

We’ve partnered with WholeScripts to bring you a range of 8 essential supplements to help you get the most out of your treatment.”

References

Gros, D. F., Price, M., Magruder, K. M., Frueh, C. Symptom overlap in posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression. Psychiatry Research. Volume 196 Issues 2–3, 30 April 2012, Pages 267-270 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S016517811100727X?via%3Dihub

Janicak, P., & Dokucu, M. Transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of major depression. US National Library of Medicine. 26 June 2015. Retrieved https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4492646/ 

“How Common is PTSD in Adults?” U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/common/common_adults.asp

“How Common is PTSD in Women?” U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/common/common_women.asp

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mayo Clinic. 8 July 2018. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20355967

PTSD. TheraMind Services, Inc. https://tmsmind.com/disorders-treated/mood-disorders/ptsd/

Rytwinski, N., Scur, M., Feeny, N., Youngstrom, E., “The Co-Occurrence of Major Depressive Disorder Among Individuals With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A MetaAnalysis” Wiley Online Library. 20 May 2013. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jts.21814

“Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Shows Promise for PTSD” U.S. Department Veterans Affairs,  https://www.research.va.gov/currents/feb12/feb12-08.cfm#.UideoMbSzyA 

Tull, Michael. “The Relationship Between PTSD and Depression” Very Well Mind. 20 March 2020. https://www.verywellmind.com/ptsd-and-depression-2797533

“What Is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?” American Psychiatric Association, https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/ptsd/what-is-ptsd

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