Can TMS Treat My Anxiety?If you have anxiety, you how just how important relief is. You want to relieve the symptoms associated with it and not feel as though you’re worrying so much. TMS offers promise to those coping with anxiety disorders.

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?

GAD is a psychiatric condition in which a person has excessive and uncontrollable worry, occurring more days than not, for at least 6 months. It’s also accompanied by at least 3 other symptoms, such as fatigue, irritability, and problems concentrating, among others. Generalized anxiety often occurs with other anxiety disorders, like panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and OCD. Sixty percent of people with an anxiety disorder have or have had depression. Many people with depression, who never had anxiety before, develop anxiety in the setting of their depression.

How Can TMS Help?

When TMS is used with the standard protocol on the left side over the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the same pulses used to treat depression often lift the anxiety associated with it.

If anxiety is the primary symptom, and one or more anxiety disorders are present, TMS is used with a different position and pulse frequency protocol over the right sight of the brain. Many of our patients prefer right-sided lower frequency pulses, and we have had excellent results in treating anxiety with these new off-label protocols.

We can even offer both left-sided and right-sided treatments in one treatment visit to target both depression and anxiety disorders simultaneously.

Are There Any Side Effects?

As with any treatment option, there are side effects, but they are minimal. Many patients report a slight headache during and after treatment for depression. However, when we treat patients with anxiety with low frequency protocols, headache is extremely rare.

Who Is This For?

If traditional medications haven’t been helpful, if you would rather not take medication, or if you’re pregnant or nursing, this is a great treatment option for you.

Anxiety can be debilitating and, while more research needs to be conducted, TMS is a viable treatment option. To learn more about how TMS can relieve your anxiety or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

To getting you back to your best self,
Lori Calabrese, MD

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