TMS is used to treats variety of psychiatric and neurological disorders, including depression, anxiety, PTSD and tinnitus, as well as chronic pain. Continue reading to learn how TMS can help you.
Facts About TMS
FDA approved in 2008 Widely Used in North America
National Institute of Clinical Excellence (UK) approved TMS for treatment in 2015
Recovered from depression and anxiety disorders with rTMS at Oaktree
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or for a job interview. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal. But some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect your daily life.
Whether you suffer with anxiety as a stand-alone condition, or have both anxiety and depression, TMS is a highly effective treatment. The treatment is slightly different for anxiety and depression so each condition is treated separately using TMS. We are experienced in treating generalised anxiety with great success rates at Oaktree Connect.
Depression is a disorder consisting of a group of symptoms including low mood, loss of interest in leisure activities, low energy levels and concentration, poor sleep, low self worth, feelings of guilt, negative thought processes among others.
While It can sometimes be used and confused with sadness, feelings of low etc. it affects about 4 out of 10 people in the UK over their lifetime. Half the people suffer depression only once in their lifetime but unfortunately the other half would have recurrent episodes. If you are suffering with depression, TMS may be able to help.
TMS has consistently been recommended as an effective treatment for clinical depression by national treatment guidelines, NICE – National Treatment Guidelines and Royal College of Psychiatrists –RCPsych Guidelines following extensive research into its effectiveness.
If you would like to see details of the method we used for this study and the results call us on 0121 314 3456.
A migraine is an intense headache that is often followed by a range of symptoms such as light sensitivity, nausea and blurred vision. Although the exact cause of migraines is unclear, researchers suggest it involves changes in chemicals and neurons in the brain. There is a wide range of common triggers for a migraine that can include stress, caffeine, loud noises, dehydration, excessive screen time, changes in vision and hormone changes to name a few.
The duration and intensity of a migraine varies widely dependent on the person but they typically last for several hours up to a few days. If these symptoms are continuing several times a week, although not damaging, they can have a profound effect on your quality of life.
In 2014 the NICE guidelines approved the commencement of rTMS for the treatment and on-going prevention of migraines and has therefore been used frequently within clinical studies. The clinical trial suggested that rTMS could therefore be incorporated to reduce the intensity of migraines during an attack or preventatively to reduce future symptoms.
If you feel like migraines are becoming a serious issue within your life, contact us on Oaktree Connect to find out more information about how we can best support you with rTMS.
Chronic pain can be defined as severe pain that spans longer than 12 weeks.
Currently the evidence suggests that the nervous system experiences change and pain signals are created in the nerves that we interpret as real pain. Over long durations, the body’s ability to facilitate and control pain is weakened. Although there are several interventions such as medication, physiotherapy and psychological therapy that can be used by clinicians to reduce pain, many individuals are turning to rTMS to control their pain.
When other forms of treatment have shown to be unsuccessful, rTMS may prove to work. This non-invasive and safe treatment is a medication free method based on strong evidence that can support you in getting your life back on track.
Tinnitus is the perception of noises in the head or ear that have no external source, often described as buzzing or ringing sound. It can affect anyone at any age and TMS has been used to treat the condition. Although there are somewhat limited studies in this area, researchers suggest that rTMS inducing electrical currents in the brain acts to decrease the high activity in the auditory system. It is this system that is suspected to be responsible for the perception of tinnitus and is an area that we can directly activate with this treatment.
Within the clinic we have seen tremendous success with the reduction of tinnitus related symptoms and our patients notice a significant decrease in the intensity and persistence of tinnitus
If you would like more information regarding the treatment procedure for tinnitus, please feel free to contact us on Oaktree Connect.
Those who suffer from PTSD relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks and constant anxiety. They may also experience feelings of isolation, irritability and low mood, sometimes blaming themselves for the traumatic event. In some, panic attacks can occur.