Mental Health, Depression, and Anxiety
Mental health is a broad term encompassing the state of our psychological, emotional, and social capabilities. Common diagnoses of mental health disorders can include depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), insomnia, and more. Now, more than ever, there are non-invasive paths to treating these issues, such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Mental Health Concerns:
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Heightened Stress
Depression affects one out of every six Americans (over 20 million people in the United States) and can show itself several ways, including sadness, reduced interest in recreation, active energy loss, changes in sleep patterns, rapid weight loss or gain, and feelings of worthlessness. Conventional treatments like medication and talk therapy can help, but are not desired or completely effective for many people. Fortunately, there are additional options backed by research, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
At 18%, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults aged 18 and older. These stats are growing in number worldwide. There are many types of anxiety disorders, and the different symptoms presented by depression and anxiety can overlap. Much like depression, anxiety can be treated in many ways and often with mixed results. Medications regularly come with undesirable side effects and require patients to experiment with multiple types over a period of time to search for a solution. Synapse: Human Performance Centers offers non-pharmaceutical treatment with TMS that may not eliminate all anxiety, but often improves symptoms including restlessness, irritability, shortness of breath, headaches, sleep disturbances, and more, allowing the patient to get back to the life they want to lead.
Many individuals with a depressive or anxiety disorder can also experience a co-occurring disorder or physical illness. Heightened mental stress can result in physical maladies related to that stress. Post-traumatic stress disorder can be depressive and cause anxiety in specific situations. In these cases, and others like them, symptoms are often worse, and recovery is more complicated. At Synapse: Human Performance Centers, all of this is taken into account during initial consultations and treatment plans, and with continued health for patients as they continue to live their daily lifestyles.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a Treatment Option
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatment for depression, anxiety, and more using non-invasive magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain. There are multiple TMS treatment options available to Synapse patients. TMS can be used to target specific sections of the brain that influence moods by using directed electromagnetic fields that generate stimulation or inhibition of neurons inside the brain. For those fighting depression, the specific areas of the brain showing reduction in activity become excited, and longer-lasting positive effects can be produced with multiple treatments. Many people who receive TMS treatment, including those people who have not responded well to medication, report a significant improvement in mood, reduced stress, better restfulness, and increased energy levels.