Studies have shown improvements for many individuals experiencing Generalized Anxiety Disorder based on several universally used diagnostic scales. These scales measure the severity of a patient’s anxiety, including both physical and emotional symptoms, as well as how much those symptoms impacted their day to day life both before and after treatment.
There have been several studies which have shown improvements with repetitive TMS therapies for those who are suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Based on the Yale-Brown Scale for OCD, patients have reported decreases in the severity of their compulsions and lowered rates of anxiety or depression surrounding their obsessions, and an increased ability to resist their compulsions.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is typically characterized by its impact on an individual’s brain’s inability to produce the necessary amount of dopamine that neurotypical people’s brains produce on a daily basis, which leads to struggles with focus, attention, impulsivity and mood. Studies have shown that with repetitive TMS therapy, there have been improvements in each of these areas for both adults and children. Current studies are exploring how MRI or EEG guided TMS therapies may be able to further improve on these results.
Chronic pain is a major struggle for many patients and while there are a variety of treatments available, many tend to be ineffective in the long term, or have the possibility of the patient becoming chemically dependent upon a medication. TMS therapy has been shown over the course of several different studies to significantly reduce patients’ pain scores with regards to neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and migraines.
When a patient is in recovery, or seeking to begin recovery for a substance use disorder, typically coping with cravings to prevent a relapse is one of the top concerns. Studies have shown that stimulation of the brain using TMS therapy has improved executive functioning in patients resulting in reports of decreased cravings, especially when used in conjunction with behavioral therapies.
One of the most frustrating symptoms of long-Covid, ADHD, brain injuries, and many other disorders is brain fog. Both previous and current ongoing studies have shown a positive change in mental clarity and a decrease of impairment with the use of repetitive TMS treatments.
When receiving MeRT treatment, one of the biggest things we ask of our patients is to work to improve their sleep habits for the best results of treatment. According to several studies, TMS has been shown significant therapeutic effects for patients experiencing insomnia, sleep apnea, Restless Leg Syndrome, and narcolepsy when used alongside neuroimaging data.