Does TMS work for PTSD?


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that develops after a particularly upsetting or frightening event.

It can affect anyone, particularly when exposed to situations like:

  • Military combat
  • accidents
  • Abuse or assault
  • Natural disasters

PTSD can arise immediately, or can develop over time and affect one’s wellbeing and social interactions. It is a complex condition, which symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Being on edge
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Flashbacks
  • Irritability and/or anger
  • Depression, anxiety and/or stress
  • Headaches, stomach ache, chest pain
  • Emotional numbing
  • Abuse of alcohol and/or drugs

Patients with PTSD frequently have a combination of depressive symptoms, anxiety and the specific symptoms of PTSD described above. For these patients, TMS can be helpful in improving mood and reducing anxiety. There is also emerging evidence that TMS may also reduce some of the troublesome symptoms of PTSD itself. At TMS Clinics Australia we have designed a protocol to target all of these symptoms within one treatment session, with stimulation applied to both the left and right side of the brain.

TMS for veterans and first responders