TMS Therapy Providers located in San Diego, CA
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects about 8% of adults, many of whom don’t respond well to medications. If you struggle with PTSD, the team at MindSet offer an effective option: personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (PrTMS®), a customized treatment that improves brain function in areas affected by PTSD. To learn more about the brain arrhythmias associated with PTSD and how they can be overcome to improve symptoms, call the office in San Diego, California, or schedule an appointment online.
PTSD Q & A
What causes PTSD?
PTSD develops after a traumatic or life-threatening event. Many patients are directly involved in the event. However, someone can have PTSD even if they only witness the event or learn about serious trauma that affected a family member or friend.
Events that often cause PTSD include:
- Military duty
- Gun violence
- Physical assault
- Sexual assault
- Severe accident
- Natural disaster
Death of a close friend or family member can also trigger PTSD.
What symptoms develop due to PTSD?
PTSD causes symptoms such as:
- Having flashbacks, sudden memories, or dreams of the event
- Feeling stressed, easily startled, or hypersensitive
- Needing to avoid the places or people that remind you of the event
- Feeling guilty or depressed
Many patients feel like they’re to blame because they should have been able to prevent the trauma.
What is PrTMS?
PrTMS uses TMS to treat PTSD but significantly improves on the procedure by personalizing therapy to meet the brain’s unique brainwave pattern. Our team at MindSet has developed three steps to optimize PrTMS results.
For the first step, they map brainwave activity using an electroencephalogram (EEG). Using our AI program, we can produce an accurate image of the brain’s electrical activity, allowing us to identify brain arrhythmias.
For the second step, patients complete a questionnaire that identifies symptoms, giving the team a comprehensive analysis of mental health and enabling them to target the precise brain areas that are associated with a patient’s particular challenges.
Finally, the EEG data and self-reported symptoms are evaluated by their innovative AI software. This advanced program produces the information needed to develop a customized PrTMS therapy protocol for each unique brain mapping.
What should I expect during PrTMS treatment?
Your treatment will consist of five sessions every week for 6-8 weeks. The sessions only take about 30 minutes, and when they’re over, patients can get back to normal daily activities.
Throughout treatment, patients have additional EEGs to evaluate progress and refine the PrTMS therapy. This ongoing evaluation gives the team at MindSet the ability to use the lowest possible TMS intensity to achieve optimal results.
Most patients at MindSet experience an improvement in their PTSD symptoms within several weeks of when their PrTMS treatments begin. Though not as common, patients may notice results within a few days.
If you or someone you know struggles with PTSD and especially if the symptoms don’t respond to conventional treatments, PrTMS can help. To schedule an appointment please don’t hesitate to give us a call.