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PTSD Specialist

Texas Mind Science

TMS Specialists & Pain Management Physicians located in East DFW, Richardson, TX & North DFW, Flower Mound, TX

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often has a devastating impact, interfering with your ability to go to work, sleep, or simply enjoy life. PTSD that doesn’t improve with medication or conventional therapy often responds well to noninvasive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The team at Texas Mind Science in Richardson and Flower Mound, Texas, offers this exceptional treatment using the innovative CloudTMS™ machine. To schedule an appointment and learn more about PTSD and TMS, call one of the offices or use the online booking feature.

PTSD

What causes PTSD?

PTSD develops after a traumatic or dangerous event. You may be directly involved in the event, but you can also have PTSD after hearing about a traumatic event that happened to a family member or friend.

These are the top events responsible for PTSD:

  • Military duty
  • Gun violence
  • Severe accident
  • Sexual or physical assault
  • Natural or manmade disaster

PTSD may also occur following a traumatic experience, such as a robbery, a home invasion, or the sudden death of a loved one.

What symptoms develop if I have PTSD?

Your symptoms may develop shortly after the traumatic event, or they may be delayed for months or years. These are a few examples of PTSD symptoms:

  • Having flashbacks or dreams about the event
  • Feeling hypersensitive
  • Having extreme emotions
  • Feeling on edge or angry
  • Being easily startled
  • Feeling depressed
  • Blaming yourself for the event
  • Having difficulty remembering details about the event
  • Avoiding people and places that remind you of the event

You may experience intense anxiety following a flashback or dream.

How is PTSD treated?

Trauma-focused psychotherapy and other cognitive-behavioral therapies are often the first treatments considered for patients with PTSD. Your provider may also prescribe medications to help relieve problems such as insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

When your PTSD doesn’t improve with conventional treatments, your provider at Texas Mind Science may recommend TMS. 

TMS is a safe, noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate brain structures and nerve networks that are underactive in patients with PTSD. The magnetic pulses restore nerve activity, which relieves PTSD.

What should I expect during TMS therapy?

Your provider places an arm-like extension of the CloudTMS machine next to your head, precisely positioning it to ensure the pulses reach the targeted area of your brain. An electromagnetic coil in the arm produces the magnetic pulses.

As you relax in the treatment chair for 20-40 minutes, the CloudTMS sends pulses into the targeted tissues. You hear clicks and feel a slight tapping sensation during your treatment, but TMS is generally well-tolerated and doesn’t cause any systemic side effects.

For the next 4-6 weeks, you go back to the office for five treatments every week. However, your provider may create a different schedule of treatments depending on your needs.

To talk with a team member about TMS and find out whether you’re a good candidate, call Texas Mind Science or schedule an appointment online.