Final Update on TMS as a treatment for PTSD

After having completed my literature review, I feel that I have learned a great deal about TMS and about the brain itself. I have come to better understand the pathology of PTSD, as well as the way in which TMS may have the potential to alleviate symptoms of this disorder.

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TMS as a treatment for PTSD – Update 2

As my research on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) continues, I have learned a lot not only about TMS, but also about the brain itself, and about the pathology of PTSD. In my first update, I gave an explanation of TMS and outlined some of the most highly studied forms of TMS. After having investigated the basics of TMS, I was able to investigate the potential for using TMS to treat symptoms of PTSD. In this update, I intend to outline some interesting findings regarding the use of TMS to treat PTSD.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Treatment for PTSD – Update 1

Before starting my research on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), I was rather skeptical about its potential for healing. Mental health is comprehensive and highly dependent on the individual, and the idea of using magnets to alleviate symptoms of a disorder as complex as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder seemed quite far-fetched. After having investigated the process of TMS and its effects on the brain, however, I am more hopeful about its potential as a legitimate psychiatric treatment. In this first update, I aim to explain what TMS is and how it works. I also intend to introduce several different forms of TMS, and how they have been used in the field of psychiatry.

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Innovations in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

According to the International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, approximately 10.1 percent of people in the United States will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at some time in their lives (Kessler et al.). The risk for developing PTSD appears to be significantly greater for public safety employees, such as police and firefighters, according to the Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology Journal, which results in an even more substantial need for improved treatment (Berger et al.). In treating PTSD, the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has gained popularity in recent years, and, in some cases, has been shown to improve symptoms of the disorder. This research project aims to investigate the ways in which TMS works to improve the physical and emotional symptoms of PTSD. The research will also investigate the potential for the use of electroencephalogram (EEG) scans to individualize TMS treatment, and the extent to which TMS therapy should be used in conjunction with more traditional treatment methods, such as medication and psychotherapy. A review of literature from fields including biology, behavioral, and cognitive neuroscience, and experimental and clinical psychology will be performed in order to ultimately assess the extent to which TMS treatment is a reliable and effective method to treat PTSD.

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