Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive form of brain stimulation that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. TMS has been found to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions, including anxiety.
Anxiety is a common mental health disorder characterised by excessive worry and fear. It can manifest in many different forms, such as generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. Conventional treatment options for anxiety include medications and talk therapy, but TMS offers a unique alternative that may be particularly beneficial for people who have not responded well to these traditional treatments.
TMS is delivered to the brain by a magnetic coil that is held against the scalp. The magnetic fields generated by the coil are able to penetrate the skull and stimulate nerve cells in the brain. TMS has been found to increase the activity of certain areas of the brain that are involved in regulating emotions and controlling anxiety. This can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety, such as excessive worry, fear, and nervousness.
One of the key advantages of TMS is that it is non-invasive and has minimal side effects. Unlike medications, TMS does not involve any systemic side effects, such as those that affect the whole body. This makes it a safer option for people who may be concerned about the potential side effects of medications.
TMS is typically administered in a series of sessions, usually over a period of several weeks. The number of sessions required depends on the individual, but typically 35 sessions over 8 weeks. TMS can be performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients can continue with their daily activities while undergoing treatment.
Overall, TMS is a promising treatment option for anxiety that may be particularly beneficial for people who have not responded well to traditional treatments such as medications or talk therapy. If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and are interested in learning more about TMS, it is important to speak with a qualified healthcare professional to discuss whether TMS is the right treatment for you.
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