How dTMS shows improvement when other treatments fail
For a sizable percentage of our veterans returning from tours of duty in the Middle East will require some form of Veterans PTSD Treatment. The debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has proven to be a formidable obstacle to reentering civilian life. Approximately 30% of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are plagued with intense and painfully traumatic memories from their tours of duty.
PTSD can cause a plethora of serious problems in the life of a soldier once he returns home. From panic attacks to substance abuse, the effects of experiencing wartime trauma can cut deep, rendering many veterans subject to a life of anxiety and avoidance.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is a condition within the anxiety spectrum of mental health disorders. It can develop in the aftermath of experiencing an extremely traumatic event, such as is common in war zones. Witnessing death and destruction, seeing a comrade die, and experiencing constant anxiety while in harm’s way can all cause a soldier to develop PTSD. Trauma survivors often have symptoms that may or may not have a delayed onset, including:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Re-experiencing the trauma through recollections
- Emotional numbness
Certain cues—a person, place or activity—can trigger emotionally distressing memories, which lead to intense psychological and physiological distress. This causes the veteran suffering from PTSD to avoid contact with certain individuals or to avoid certain places or activities that might trigger a PTSD event.
How dTMS can help our Vets
eep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) has already been FDA-approved for treating drug-resistant depression, a mental health condition which members of the military may also suffer from. Recent studies, however, have also demonstrated effective treatment outcomes for patients with PTSD. A study conducted in 2013 by the psychiatry department at Eastern Virginia Medical School had excellent results treating veterans with PTSD.
EVMS psychologist, Dr. Serina Neumman, conducted the treatment. During the sessions with the veterans she asked them to talk about the traumatic memories from the war that had led to the development of PTSD. As the vet verbally recalled these difficult memories, the TMS machine stimulated the dorsal lateral pre-frontal cortex of the brain, with each session lasting one and a half hours. After just 10 sessions, the entire study group benefited from the TMS treatment regimen, with 70% of them no longer meeting the criteria for PTSD after the TMS treatment series.
dTMS is effective in treating veterans with PTSD because it actually interrupts the connection between the fear center of the brain, the amygdala, and the memory center by using repetitive electrical currents. dTMS realigns and resets the firing of neurons in the brain.
A typical treatment regimen through the VA might involve talk therapy and anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications. Although some returning troops afflicted with PTSD may respond to this approach, many do not, and seek alternative treatment for the disorder after failing to be helped by the traditional treatment modalities.
As evidence of improvement for vets with PTSD by utilizing dTMS mounts, more research is being conducted. The Neurorestoration Center at Keck Medicine at USC has embraced the possibilities of using TMS in neural engineering, with director, Charles Liu, M.D. PhD, calling it a “game changer.” The treatment is non-invasive and has only minimal side effects.
Achieve TMS can help!
At Achieve TMS our compassionate professionals are dedicated to helping our veterans or active military with our highly effective treatment system. Achieve TMS not accepts Tri-care insurance plans, dramatically reducing the costs for treatment for depression and PTSD. Contact us today and a member of our staff will answer any questions you might have about this safe and effective treatment. Call us at (877) 447-6503.
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