About Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders affect approximately 19 million adult Americans. Some individuals may experience 2 or 3 anxiety disorders at one time. There are 11 different anxiety disorders, but the core symptoms for all are fear and worry. The most common anxiety disorders are:
- Panic Disorder with or without agoraphobia – diagnosed as panic attacks that seem to happen with little or no provocation and patients can be preoccupied with the idea that it will recur. Agoraphobia comes out of a panic attack where the person develops an irrational fear of the situation or place where a panic attack occurred.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – diagnosed as someone who has an overtly excessive concern and expects the worst for an extended period of time. GAD affects over 3% of the U.S. population.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Social Phobia
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
TMS for Anxiety Treatment
Clinical trials are showing TMS is a great anxiety treatment alternative. For treatment of anxiety with TMS, the magnet is placed over the right front portion of the head and the magnetic pulses are slowed down in order to slow down the over-activity in the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex as a result of the anxiety.
For individuals who continue to struggle with anxiety despite different medication trials, TMS has been found to be an effective treatment option. TMS has not been FDA-cleared for treatment of anxiety disorders, however, clinical trials have shown its efficacy. Our data shows equal efficacy in using TMS for treatment of anxiety disorders, as treating Major Depression. Approximately 70% of our patients achieve complete relief from their anxiety symptoms.