Those who suffer from PTSD relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks. They may also experience feelings of isolation, irritabile and low mood as well as blaming themselves for the event and general guilt. In some, constant anxiety and even panic attacks can occur.
In addition, problems with sleeping and concentrating are common features in those with post traumatic stress disorder. These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life.
PTSD (Post traumatic Stress Disorder) can occur in anyone who has undergone trauma, examples of these would be
- Serious road accidents
- Violence: Assaults, domestic violence, witnessing abuse/ violence
- Difficult childbirth experiences
It could appear immediately or or it can occur weeks, months or even years after the event in 1 in 3 people who have had traumatic experience or experiences.
How Can PTSD Be Treated with RTMS?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to most commonly improve symptoms of depression. During an rTMS session, an electromagnetic coil is placed against your scalp near your forehead. The electromagnet painlessly delivers a magnetic pulse that stimulates nerve cells in the region of your brain involved in mood control.
People with PTSD have specific increased activity and abnormalities of function in the front regions of the brain. A growing and solid body of research has shown that with rTMS these areas of the brain can be targetted to calm the activity which in turn reduces the symptoms of PTSD.
This new movement has therefore shown the effective uses of rTMS in order to help a large number of people suffering from trauma. In fact, in the USA rTMS is used widely and effectively for veterans who suffer from PTSD following combat.