Post-Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

This is an anxiety disorder caused by events which are very stressful, upsetting, frightening or distressing. 

It’s worth pointing out that the majority of people exposed to traumatic events experience some short-term distress which resolves without the need for professional intervention although unfortunately the small proportion who do develop the disorder are unlikely to seek help. Instead most battle on despite their symptoms and their quality of life is likely to be substantially reduced.

PTSD is thought to affect around a third of people who have a traumatic experience. Some examples include:

  • serious accidents
  • being told you have a life-threatening illness
  • bereavement
  • violent personal assault, such as a physical attack, sexual assault, burglary, robbery, or mugging
  • sexual abuse
  • military combat
  • miscarriage
  • house fires
  • natural or man-made disasters
  • terrorist attack
  • traumatic childbirth (and as a birthing partner)
  • prolonged bullying
  • childhood neglect

 

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Signs and Symptoms of PTSD

  • Difficulty sleeping – insomnia, nightmares, broken sleep
  • Anxiety, worry, feeling on edge
  • Flashbacks
  • Negative thoughts
  • Constantly reviewing the event
  • Avoiding reminders of the event
  • Emotional numbing alongside depression/ anxiety
  • Substance misuse

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rTMS Treatment

On the basis of research, we believe that rTMS – Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – could offer sufferers of PTSD an alternative treatment option, using transcranial magnetic stimulation to work directly on the associated areas of the brain.It would offer the benefit of being a non-medication approach, avoiding potentially unpleasant side-effects associated with drugs.

Research Evidence

1) In a case series the authors systematically examined the clinical and safety outcomes in 10 patients with comorbid MDD and PTSD syndromes who received 5-Hz rTMS therapy. Results showed a significant reduction in the symptoms of PTSD and major depression. 8/10 with PTSD showed a significant reduction in symptoms. Stimulation was well tolerated and there were no serious adverse events. These data indicate 5-Hz rTMS may be a useful option to treat PTSD and co-morbid depression (Philip et al, 2016).

2) A study reviewed randomised and sham-controlled trials of rTMS treatment for PTSD from 1995 to March 2013. Studies on rTMS applied to the right DLPFC included 64 adults with PTSD. Statistical analysis showed significant and large-sized differences in outcome favouring active rTMS. Also, there were significant pre and post decreases with active rTMS in overall anxiety and depressive symptoms. Dropout rates at the study end did not differ between active and sham rTMS groups. Regarding rTMS applied to the left DLPFC, there is only one study published to date (using a high frequency protocol), and its results showed that active rTMS seems to be superior overall to sham rTMS. This exploratory meta-analysis showed that active rTMS applied to the DLPFC seems to be effective and acceptable for treating PTSD (Berlim et al,2014).

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