While antidepressant medications have a proven effect on many, studies have shown it can be ineffective to some which is why SayMed offers transcranial magnetic stimulation. Dr. Sayah takes a different approach by beaming magnetic pulses within a patient’s brain to change the way depression symptoms are perceived. The brain is thought of as a chemical organ, but it is also an electrical organ, and by using non-chemical means to change the brain and how it functions, this FDA approved TMS therapy has proven to be helpful in a wide range of conditions, namely depression. By rebooting the “network” of the brain’s cognitive functions, symptoms of depression have shown to improve and remain improved in a more efficient and permanent manner than prescription based medications.
General Anxiety Disorder
At SayMed Psychiatry, we use TMS to treat ADHD and Anxiety. Our TMS devices from neurostar have been FDA approved for the safe and effective use for depression. While TMS has not been FDA approved to treat other conditions, there is considerable evidence that it can treat more than just depression. Other uses for TMS treatment include generalized anxiety disorder, which is a condition where patients worry excessively to the point where it interferes with their life. Studies have shown that TMS may treat generalized anxiety disorder.
Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is another condition that has seen success from treatment with TMS. In one double blind controlled study, patients were separated into three groups with the first group receiving a “sham” tms treatment, the second group receiving a low-frequency tms, and the last group receiving high frequency tms. High frequency tms turned out to be significantly more effective at relieving most of the symptoms of PTSD. Patients displayed a 39% decrease in symptoms of PTSD which included intrusive thoughts, hyper arousal, and avoidance behavior. On the treatment outcome PTSD scale, TMS has also shown positive results for patients who experience both depression and PTSD together.
TMS therapy has been shown to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD. This is done by targeting certain hyperactive brain centers in patients with OCD can lead to a general reduction in symptoms not only relegated to OCD, but include depression and anxiety as well.
Pain Management and Migraines
Our whole body is connected to our brain. Every experience is attached to a certain brain function. Pain is one of those experiences that start with the brain. Our neurons relay pain to wherever you feel it, whether it’s your back, leg, or arm. TMS helps block those neurons making it ignore pain signals that are strong or have gone on for too long reducing or even getting rid of the pain itself. As a noninvasive approach to pain management, TMS is a treatment approach that has proven to be efficient and effective.
Headache and migraine pain is the 5th most common reason why people in the US visit the emergency room. As a noninvasive therapy, TMS can assist to help prevent or reduce severe migraine symptoms or migraine episodes. Specifically, TMS is most effective with chronic migraines and is not limited to a certain age group. TMS therapy is effective for people of all ages who have migraines. However, TMS is not recommended for those who experience epilepsy or seizures. Book today to see if TMS is for you!