TMS for Anxiety


Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.   People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders

Although it is normal to be stressed occasionally, prolonged anxiety (also called Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD) is not to be overlooked as it impacts our social interactions and physical health as well.



TMS can be applied to the right side of the brain that is hyperactive in anxiety. Patients consistently report marked improvement in angst & worry after TMS therapyTMS can be applied to the right side of the brain that is hyperactive in anxiety. Patients consistently report marked improvement in angst & worry after TMS therapy


Psychological symptoms of anxiety

  • Restlessness
  • Worrying
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty to concentrate
  • Unable to relax

Physical symptoms of anxiety

  • Headaches or dizziness
  • tiredness, insomnia
  • palpitations, short breath
  • trembling or shaking
  • excessive sweating
  • nausea, stomach ache


Anxiety and Depression

It’s not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. TMS is an effective treatment for depression and anxiety symptoms will often improve during a course of TMS therapy.

Although its use is not as well-established as in the treatment of depression, TMS therapy may also help patients with anxiety even if significant depression is not present. A small number of studies have suggested that TMS may benefit patients with GAD. The protocol available at Shore Clinical TMS  is based on this research and it aims at reducing activity in an overactive area of the brain.


Facts


Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population, yet only 43.2% are receiving treatment.
Women are twice as likely to be affected as men. GAD often co-occurs with major depression.

Panic Disorder (PD)
PD affects 6 million adults, or 2.7% of the U.S. population. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.

Social Anxiety Disorder
SAD affects 15 million adults, or 6.8% of the U.S. population.
SAD is equally common among men and women and typically begins around age 13


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