Anxiety disorders affect nearly one-third of all adults. For more than half of them, the anxiety is so severe that it interferes with their ability to engage in their usual daily activities. The team at BrainStim Centers, Inc. have helped many patients overcome anxiety. At our offices in Encino and Valencia, California, they offer cutting-edge treatments like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to help treat this disorder. For expert anxiety and TMS treatment, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Anxiety is a normal and beneficial reaction to an immediate threat or a worrisome event you must face in the future.
As soon as you feel anxious, your brain automatically goes into action, sending out hormones that stimulate the fight or flight response. As a result, you’re energized to deal with the problem or make a quick retreat.
When the threat is over, your anxiety should go away and your body systems should return to normal. Everyday anxiety turns into a problem when your anxiety persists without an imminent threat.
Anxiety also becomes a concern if it is out of proportion to the situation or it affects your ability to enjoy daily life.
The DSM-5, a diagnostic guide for mental health disorders, lists more than eight anxiety disorders that each has its own defining symptoms. For example, phobias cause a specific fear, such as a fear of spiders.
As a group, anxiety disorders cause symptoms like:
Some people can experience panic attacks, which cause symptoms that mimic a heart attack, including chest pain and shortness of breath.
If you have any of these symptoms and they have persisted over a long period time, with or without medications, contact the team at BrainStim Centers, Inc. to see if you are a candidate for TMS treatment.
The team at BrainStim Centers, Inc. uses Nexstim SmartFocus® TMS technology, a state-of-the-art device that uses 3D brain imaging to identify and activate the exact area of the brain.
During the TMS treatment, the Nexstim device targets that area of your brain and transmits electromagnetic pulses safely through your skull into the area.
The electromagnetic energy then increases nerve activity, which restores neurotransmitter levels and improves your anxiety symptoms.
Each session time varies. However, the first session typically takes 45 minutes to load the MRI and conduct the brain navigation. This data is saved in the computer, subsequent visits typically take 20 minutes from start to finish. TMS doesn’t negatively impact your cognitive abilities. You can leave as soon as the session is over and go back to your daily routine.
If you struggle with anxiety, call BrainStim Centers, Inc. to discuss treatment options.
*** Treatments including but not limited to TMS treatment for anxiety are designed to help improve cognitive function. Individual results may vary.