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There are several treatments for management of PTSD including pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy as well as non invasive transcranial magnetic stimulation

What Research Supports TMS Therapy for PTSD?

A study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry looked at TMS therapy for the treatment of patients with both major depressive disorder and PTSD, as these conditions often occur together. TMS was used to treat the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), and patients received about 36 sessions over the course of several weeks.

The results show that one-third of patients experienced significant improvements in their symptoms. This is a lower response rate than for either condition alone, but this is understandable, given the greater severity of the illness. The researchers said the positive response is due to an increased connectivity between the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala.

A review of clinical research on TMS for PTSD alone highlight that the treatment is effective. One double-blind, controlled study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that TMS therapy offered relief to patients with PTSD. In separate research with war veterans, 70% of participants no longer met the criteria for PTSD after TMS treatment sessions.

Get started today with these steps:

Step One TMS Referral Go to VA:

Schedule an appointment with a VA provider (Primary Care, Psychiatrist, doctor, etc.)
Ask your provider to refer you to TMS Services of Vancouver for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation through the Community Care program

Ask your VA care team to work with you to see if you are eligible for community care. Provide them with the following information:
Phone: 360-831-2276
Fax: 360-326-2606
IMPORTANT: Make sure VA confirms you are eligible and authorized before proceeding with step 2

Step Two Make an appointment with TMS Services of Vancouver:
Call us at 360-831-2276
TMS Services of Vancouver will follow up with the VA to receive your referral through the Community Care Program

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