Deep TMS For Veterans

TMS For Veterans

TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and is an alternative FDA-approved therapy mainly indicated for patients with treatment-resistant depression(TRD). Nevertheless, TMS therapy is also proven to safely help patients with other mental health disorders such as OCD, anxiety, and PTSD. More specifically, the TMS machine directs an electromagnetic field deep into the patient’s brain to change how the brain cells work, thus reducing the symptoms of some mental health conditions.

Why Veterans Might Need TMS

Unfortunately, nowadays many veterans often suffer from different mental health disorders such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. In the most severe cases, these conditions affect their daily lives, driving them to seek medical help and long-term solutions. Various studies show that deep TMS therapy can be an effective treatment to help veterans with PTSD, anxiety, and depression be themselves again.

TMS For PTSD

Soldiers often have to face challenging and traumatic situations throughout their careers. Some of these experiences as well as their lifestyle can sometimes be extremely stressful, thus affecting their mental health even years after their service. This extreme stress may develop into mental health disorders- with the most common being PTSD among veterans.

TMS therapy is considered an effective off-label treatment for PTSD with proven positive results. Deep TMS is also an alternative medication-free treatment for depression which affects many veterans as well. The experts at Colorado Recovery Solutions in Colorado Springs, CO support veterans in their journey to recovery and offer deep TMS Therapy to treat several mental health disorders.

Visit the Colorado Recovery Solutions website to learn more about treatments available and book your consultation today.

TMS For Depression And Anxiety Disorders

Trauma can often be the reason for other mental health disorders along with or separate from PTSD.

Thus, it is common for veterans to deal with various anxiety disorders as well as major depression. Veterans suffering from these mental health conditions may benefit from deep TMS therapy greatly and may experience relief after only a few sessions.

This type of treatment is, however, indicated for individuals who have already tried one or two more traditional treatments such as antidepressant medication without sufficient results. If you are a veteran suffering from PTSD, depression, and anxiety, book a consultation at Colorado Recovery Solutions in Colorado Springs, CO.

 

The TMS Treatment Process

Colorado Recovery Solutions offers deep TMS therapy consisting of 36 sessions. The patient typically goes into the clinic once a day during the weekdays for a 20-minute or more intense 3-minute session. This treatment is non-invasive, and patients can go back to their regular activities immediately following each session.

Learn More About TMS For Veterans

Colorado Recovery Solutions strongly supports the military community, and as part of their effort to help veterans, military family members, and active-duty they partner with Tricare and TriWest. For other payment options and insurance coverage, or to learn more about how TMS can help you visit the website.

TMS For Veterans

We believe in giving back to our troops and accept Tricare Insurance to allow more people access to high-quality military health services. You can view co-pay information and other information on the Tricare insurance website.

TMS FAQs

Who is TMS intended for?

TMS may be indicated if you have:

— treatment-resistant Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) –Anxious Depression

–Moderate to severe Major Depressive Disorder –Substance Use Disorders, including nicotine dependence.

–Treatment-resistant depression where medications haven’t worked. Individuals have generally failed 2-4 antidepressant and augmentor medication trials as well as a course of psychotherapy, before starting TMS (criteria may vary based on your insurance).

–not been satisfied with the results you get from your medication(s) –not tolerated the side effects of your medication(s)

–an illness that limits your ability to take medications for depression –depression and anxiety symptoms that interfere with your daily life

Who is NOT a good candidate for TMS?

TMS may be contraindicated if you have: –implanted devices

–implants controlled by physiological signals; this includes pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), and vagus nerve stimulators (VNS);

–non-removable ferromagnetic objects/plates in or around the head; this does not include metallic fillings in teeth.

You may be at high risk if you have uncontrolled epilepsy, a history of severe head injury, or other serious neurologic issues. A medical screening will be conducted to determine if you are a good candidate for TMS.

Are there any lifestyle limitations for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

Due to the serious risk of seizures when combining alcohol or illicit drugs with TMS, you must not use illicit or recreational drugs (including marijuana) and alcohol while being treated with TMS. Otherwise, TMS does not usually interfere with your normal daily life activities – to include attending school, working, and driving. A mild headache or scalp soreness may occur in the first few sessions and then resolve soon after.

What is the difference between a standard 20 minute TMS session and the 3 minute (Theta Burst) TMS session?

Theta-burst may feel more intense due to a faster stimulation rhythm compared to the 20 minute Standard session. Otherwise, the efficacy of both treatment times is similar.

What insurances cover TMS services?

Currently, Colorado Recovery Solutions is an in-network provider with TriCare, Medicare, and Cigna. However, we are expecting to be in-network with several other insurance companies in the very near future (i.e. Aetna, TriWest (VA), United/Optum, Anthem/BCBS).

If we are out of network with your insurance, we can still submit a prior authorization on your behalf, if you meet treatment-resistant criteria for depression or OCD. If TMS is authorized by your insurance, we will negotiate a “single case agreement” with your insurance for you to be covered. You can call your insurance directly or we can help verify your benefits for TMS, if you send a picture of the front and back of your insurance card to team@coresolutions.health. NOTE: Medicaid does not cover TMS.

How long does it take to complete TMS to be effective for depression?

Typically, 20 to 40 sessions are needed to achieve full remission of depression. At Colorado

Recovery Solutions, we provide 30 TMS sessions at 5 days for 6-8 weeks. Once the patient reaches their 30th session, they then have 6 taper treatments where the patient will come in two days per week for 3 weeks. So, a total of 36 sessions in most cases, depending on your response. 75% of patients achieve full remission of depression at session 30.

What type of TMS device do you use?

Our TMS device was created by Brainsway. To know more about this brand go to www.brainsway.com. Brainsway is the only TMS manufacturer who has developed patented “Deep” TMS technology; which may be, on average, 18% more effective that other conventional (or “figure 8”) TMS devices. Brainsway TMS devices are FDA approved to treat Major Depressive Disorder, Anxious Depression, OCD and Nicotine Dependence.

Are there any side effects after TMS sessions?

Mild headaches and scalp tenderness may be common after the first few treatments; mild drowsiness within one hour after the session, and rare risk of seizure (typically only when combined with alcohol).

Who is qualified to administer TMS?

Our TMS technicians are trained and certified through Brainsway and supervised by Psychiatrist Dr. Ashley Johnson. As recommended by the Clinical TMS Society, our TMS service is overseen by Dr. Ashley Johnson, a residency-trained psychiatric physician (psychiatrist) and board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Our team ensures patients are provided with the highest standard of care and compassion.

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