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Depression Brandon, FL

Depression

Depression is a serious mental disorder and affects nearly 16.2 million American adults each year. For those suffering from depression and their loved ones, finding relief is a top priority, and is possible at Brandon TMS and Psychiatry in Brandon, Florida. If you’ve tried multiple treatments but failed to achieve lasting relief, schedule a consultation at Brandon TMS and Psychiatry to explore transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and other therapies. You can book a visit online or by phone, so don’t delay.

What is depression?

Everyone experiences occasional bouts of sadness, which is part of the human condition. Depression is different in that it permeates multiple aspects of your life. Depression is a medical illness that not only affects the way you feel but also how you act. 

Some of the symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Changes in appetite
  • Loss of interest in things that once gave you pleasure
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Problems concentrating, thinking clearly, or making decisions
  • Lack of energy or increased fatigue
  • Slowed speech or movement or increased purposeless physical activities
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If a combination of these symptoms persists for more than two weeks, you may have depression. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and you might experience only a couple or many of these changes. 

Am I at risk for depression?

Anyone can develop depression, but there are risk factors that can make you more likely to experience this mental disorder. Understanding your risk level can motivate you to remain on guard for symptoms and to take action to get help if needed. 

Some of the risk factors for depression include:

  • Genetic predisposition, or a family history of depression
  • Biochemistry, or differences in your brain chemicals
  • Personality, or predisposition to pessimism, low self-esteem, or feeling overwhelmed by stress
  • Environmental factors, or exposure to neglect, violence, poverty, or abuse

A professional diagnosis from Brandon TMS and Psychiatry involves an evaluation of these and other risk factors, as well as a detailed discussion of your emotional health and recent changes in mood or behavior. 

The next step involves creating a customized treatment plan that might include elements of traditional psychiatric care as well as innovative transcranial magnetic stimulation. 

How can transcranial magnetic stimulation help with depression?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive treatment for depression that uses carefully controlled magnetic fields to stimulate the nerve cells within your brain. 

Advanced imaging technology has shown a distinct difference between healthy brains and those impaired with depression. 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation seeks to improve depression by stimulating the nerve cells that facilitate mood control. 

By encouraging more healthy activity in those areas of your brain, TMS is thought to improve brain function without relying on surgery or pharmaceutical intervention. 

Some insurance plans cover TMS for treatment-resistant depression. To learn more about this treatment approach, insurance coverage, or other treatment options for depression, call or schedule an appointment online today with Brandon TMS and Psychiatry.

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Anxiety Brandon, FL

Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural part of life, but for some, an anxiety disorder can affect their experience of the world. Brandon TMS and Psychiatry in Brandon, Florida, offers innovative treatments for anxiety that can help you find stability and peace. Don’t live with the daily challenges of anxiety when help is available. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about transcranial magnetic stimulation.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is what fuels the human “fight or flight” response, and is necessary for human life. When you experience stress, either in the environment around you or in your thoughts, your body responds to that stress with anxiety. 

You may notice your heart rate and breathing increasing, a flutter in your stomach, tingling or sweating skin, or a general sense of malaise. These are all normal reactions, and help guide your behaviors to help you avoid potential danger. 

An anxiety disorder occurs when feelings of anxiety last for more than six months, are extreme or begin to interfere with your normal daily routines. 

Anxiety disorders are among the most common types of mental illness in the nation and can affect anyone at any age. Brandon TMS and Psychiatry can diagnose and treat all types of anxiety disorders.

What are some types of anxiety disorders? 

Anxiety plays a role in many different mental health disorders, including:

  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Phobia
  • Panic disorder
  • Illness anxiety disorder (formerly hypochondria)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Separation anxiety disorder

Many people also experience anxiety attacks, which are episodes of severe apprehension and worry, fear, feeling dizzy or faint, sweating, distress, and chills or hot flashes. 

An anxiety attack can be incredibly frightening, and often feels as though you are no longer in full control of your mind or body. 

What can be done to treat anxiety?

There are many ways to treat anxiety. Some men and women find relief through cognitive behavioral therapy. 

This process trains you to identify negative thought patterns and evaluate your physical and mental environment more objectively, which helps you choose appropriate and healthy behaviors. 

Drug therapy can also be an effective treatment for anxiety. Many people find relief through a combination of talk therapy and drug therapy. 

Brandon TMS and Psychiatry also offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for anxiety. A growing body of evidence supports the off-label use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in treating anxiety. 

This approach requires no sedation, is painless, noninvasive, and has a very low risk of adverse effects. 

If you’d like more information about TMS and other treatments for anxiety, come in for a one-on-one consultation at Brandon TMS and Psychiatry today. You can book your visit online or with a simple phone call, so don’t delay getting the help you need.

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OCD Brandon, FL

OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a type of anxiety disorder that can cause significant distress and interfere with your daily routines. Brandon TMS and Psychiatry in Brandon, Florida, has more than two decades of experience evaluating and treating OCD and has helped hundreds of men and women find relief. To learn more about the practice’s approach to OCD, schedule a visit online or over the phone for a one-on-one consultation.

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What is an obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a serious anxiety disorder that affects an estimated 1.3% of the American population. 

For many, symptoms of OCD develop during childhood through early adulthood. A combination of obsessions and compulsions characterize the condition. 

Obsessions are persistent thoughts, images, or impulses that cause you to become anxious, upset, or disgusted. 

You may recognize that these thoughts are not exactly in line with reality, but you cannot always ignore or control them. Some of the more common obsessions involve worries about danger, contamination, sexual behaviors, or a need for symmetry or order. 

Compulsions are thoughts or behaviors that are repetitive in nature and performed in response to an obsession. 

They are done to try and mitigate the perceived harm from the obsession. For example, a person with an obsession about contamination may wash their hands dozens of times a day, well beyond what’s needed to reduce the risk of infection. 

What are some other compulsive behaviors?

There are numerous behaviors linked to OCD. Some of the more common include:

  • Checking to ensure doors are locked and appliances are turned off
  • Cleaning the body or home to remove all traces of germs, dirt, or chemicals
  • Repeating words or phrases to lessen anxiety about potential harm
  • Ordering or arranging things to reduce discomfort
  • Silently repeating mantras or prayers to try and avoid harm

Researchers have found links between OCD and other conditions like body dysmorphia, hoarding, and behaviors like picking at the skin or pulling hair. Brandon TMS and Psychiatry offers multiple treatment paths that can help you improve OCD symptoms. 

How can TMS help treat OCD?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an FDA-approved treatment for depression, but many psychiatrists, like those at Brandon TMS and Psychiatry, use the treatment off-label to help men and women with obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

Because OCD has ties to overactive function in certain areas of the brain, TMS therapy can help regulate brain activity and improve function. 

It’s important to understand that no type of therapy has been shown to reliably “cure” OCD. However, men and women who undergo a TMS therapy regimen often find their symptoms are easier to manage. 

That can improve your daily quality of life and help you regain control over your thought patterns and behaviors. 

If you’d like to learn more about TMS and other treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder, visit Brandon TMS and Psychiatry for a personalized consultation at your earliest convenience. 

Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your life, or you can always call to check appointment availability. 

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TMS Brandon, FL

TMS

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is an innovative and FDA-approved treatment for depression. Brandon TMS and Psychiatry in Brandon, Florida, has also had success using TMS off-label to treat a wide range of other mental health conditions. Because TMS has not received the extensive research attention of many other mental health treatments, you may have questions about how it works. Call or use the easy online booking tool to set up a face-to-face consultation to learn more about this treatment approach.

 

What is transcranial magnetic stimulation?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a type of brain stimulation Brandon TMS and Psychiatry uses to treat depression and numerous other mental health concerns. It’s a painless, noninvasive treatment that requires no advance preparation, anesthesia, or recovery time. 

Treatments create magnetic energy pulses that are able to pass through your skull to stimulate brain cells. That stimulation is thought to improve communication between different regions of your brain, which in turn can improve function. 

The magnetic pulses used in TMS are the same strength and type used to create MRI images. This technology has been in use for many years and is quickly gaining popularity among mental health specialists. 

What are some conditions that TMS can treat?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is FDA-approved for treatment-resistant depression. At Brandon TMS and Psychiatry, it is also used off-label to treat many other mental health conditions. Some of the applications currently approved in European countries include: 

  • Schizophrenia
  • Chronic pain
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Nicotine addiction

There is even evidence to support the use of TMS to treat autism spectrum disorders, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Tourette syndrome, and more. 

What happens during TMS sessions?

For traditional transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy at Brandon TMS and Psychiatry, a series of 36 sessions of 20 minutes each is recommended. 

That works out to daily visits for the first six weeks, then three treatments per week for the seventh week, two treatments per week for the eighth week, and one treatment during the ninth week. 

During your visit, you relax comfortably in the MagVenture treatment chair. Your provider places a cotton cap over your skull that has marks as a guide for your exact treatment location. 

The treatment coil is placed just next to your head. You may notice some clicking sounds or feel sensations of knocking, tingling or tapping on your head, but there is no pain associated with treatment sessions. 

After your 20 minute session, you can return to your normal activities. There are no restrictions on your activity levels and no need for recovery. 

If you have questions about transcranial magnetic stimulation or would like information about pricing, insurance coverage, or scheduling concerns, call Brandon TMS and Psychiatry or book a visit online to learn more.

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Magventure Brandon, FL

Magventure

MagVenture is a leader in the transcranial magnetic stimulation market, which is why Brandon TMS and Psychiatry chose to offer the MagVenture system for its patients. This FDA-cleared system delivers a safe, effective, and reliable stimulation that creates exceptional outcomes for residents of Brandon, Florida. If you’d like to learn more about the technology behind transcranial magnetic stimulation and corporeal theta burst treatments, schedule an appointment online or by phone.

What is MagVenture?

MagVenture is a company that designs and builds magnetic stimulation systems and tools. With more than 25 years of experience, the company remains at the forefront of medical magnetic treatments. Their systems are in use in more than 50 countries around the world. 

One of the reasons Brandon TMS and Psychiatry chose a MagProⓇ stimulator and coil is the company’s long track record of delivering high-quality equipment. 

All of their products are manufactured and developed in accordance with existing safety standards in the United States, Canada, and the European Union. 

Brandon TMS and Psychiatry uses the MagVenture treatment chair for both transcranial magnetic stimulation and corporeal theta burst treatments. 

What are the benefits of the MagVenture treatment chair?

The MagVenture treatment chair offers numerous benefits over the competition. To begin, the neck rest, by design, provides maximum comfort during treatment sessions. 

It features a range of adjustment options and a vacuum pillow that helps keep your head in a stable position during treatments. 

You can also adjust the height, seat angle, backrest, and footrest with remote control. That degree of flexibility ensures you rest comfortably during sessions.

The system also allows your Brandon TMS and Psychiatry provider to select which areas of your brain to target during sessions. 

A special patient management system allows them to tailor treatments to your exact set of needs and established treatment plans. 

What is corporal theta burst treatment?

This is a treatment approach developed at Brandon TMS and Psychiatry. During corporal theta burst treatment, the same TMS equipment that delivers safe and effective stimulation to your brain is applied to the body. 

Initially used to treat lower back pain, the results of magnetic stimulation were so impressive they’ve been cited in outside research efforts. 

Today, corporeal theta burst treatments are used to target virtually any area of your body where the pain is present. The theta burst treatment approach delivers magnetic stimulation in short but powerful bursts, which means you need fewer sessions to see real results. 

Because this is an off-label use of TMS tools and techniques, patients are advised to do their homework before moving forward with corporal theta burst treatment. 

A one-on-one consultation at Brandon TMS and Psychiatry can help you learn more about this approach using the MagVenture stimulator and whether it is a good fit for your needs. 

Scheduling a visit at Brandon TMS and Psychiatry is as simple as a phone call or a few moments on the online booking page.

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ADD Brandon, FL

ADD

Attention deficit disorder, or ADD, is not just a childhood condition; many adults also struggle with ADD. Brandon TMS and Psychiatry offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for ADD and has helped many men and women in Brandon, Florida, find the stability and calm needed to live rich and fulfilling lives. Set up a face-to-face consultation today. Booking takes just moments using the online tool, or you can always call to speak with a friendly staff member.

What is attention deficit disorder?

Most people associate attention deficit disorder, or ADD, with children. While most cases of ADD receive a diagnosis during childhood, many men and women also struggle with this common psychological disorder. 

Researchers believe that ADD has a link to a type of brain impairment in areas that handle executive function. There’s no clear cause, but evidence suggests there is a genetic component to ADD. 

What are some symptoms of adult ADD?

The American Psychiatric Association lists nine distinct symptoms of adult ADD. For a diagnosis, at least six of the nine symptoms must be present. Those symptoms include:

  • Difficulty maintaining attention
  • Frequent failure to pay close attention to details, which can lead to careless mistakes
  • Often losing supplies or materials needed to complete tasks
  • Inability to follow through on instructions, even when those instructions are understood
  • The appearance of inattention when being spoken to
  • Challenges organizing tasks or activities
  • Being easily distracted
  • Frequent forgetfulness
  • Procrastinating when a task requires sustained attention

While all adults can encounter these difficulties on occasion, those with ADD struggle with these challenges on a daily basis, and at a level where it threatens their normal routines and interpersonal relationships. 

At Brandon TMS and Psychiatry you have access to conventional ADD treatments as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation. 

How can transcranial magnetic stimulation treat ADD?

A growing body of research supports the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in treating adult ADD. 

Currently, the most common treatment approach involves using stimulant medications. This type of drug therapy comes with significant side effects and can require dosing increases over time. 

Transcranial magnetic stimulation at Brandon TMS and Psychiatry offers the ability to target specific regions of the brain in an effort to rewire neural pathways. 

For many men and women, treatment improves concentration, attention, and executive function. Best of all, those improvements come with a low risk of side effects and no risk of addiction. 

Treatments take very little time and require no advance preparation or recovery period. You can stop in during your lunch break and be back in action 30 minutes later. There’s no discomfort associated with TMS therapy, and many men and women find their treatment sessions relaxing. 

To explore transcranial magnetic stimulation for ADD in greater detail, schedule a personalized consultation at Brandon TMS and Psychiatry today. Scheduling is as simple as a phone call or a few moments on the online booking page.

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