Recently, I was giving a talk to physicians about TMS and had been asked about future uses of this technology. I began talking about the research I am familiar with, as I have tried to Chronicle the burgeoning research in the field in our website’s section called Solute. After I had mentioned about 15 diseases and conditions currently being researched, one physician sarcastically asked if TMS was a panacea for everything. I laughed and said that in the area of psychiatry and neurology, it may be true.
Recently, Crispin Havener of KJCT8 in Grand Junction, Colorado interviewed Dr. Robert Sammons of TMS Solutions, a company operating clinics in Washington State, Colorado and New York, but headquartered locally. According to Havener, "Dr. Sammons has been studying Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) since 2006."
Topics: Treating Depression
Two of the major complaints presented to psychiatrists and psychologists are those of experiencing anxiety and feeling fear.
Medications are oftentimes helpful, but many people continue to experience unfounded anxiety and fear that, when questioned, they cannot explain why these feelings of anxiety and fear remain. Although the term agoraphobia is often referred to as “fear of the open market”, it certainly seems to me that the number of patients experiencing fear of being in public places or large stores, such as Walmart or Sam’s Club, has increased over the time I have been in practice. Patients frequently complain of difficulty with fear and anxiety, and will request information about what they can do to alleviate these feelings.
TMS Therapy Success Rate:
- In clinical trials, 1 in 2 patients had significant improvement in symptoms.
- 1 in 3 patients had complete symptom resolution.
- Since it’s non-systemic, it doesn't have side effects such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, sedation, dry mouth, etc.