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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common neuropsychiatric condition found in children and adolescents that persists throughout adulthood. Medications and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) are the primary treatments prescribed to manage the symptoms of ADHD symptoms. Unfortunately, psychostimulants, while they can be effective, are often not prescribed because they can cause a loss of appetite and weight, cause alterations in cardiovascular function; and even cause sudden death due to structural heart disease. This has prompted the considerations of other ways to treat patients diagnosed with ADHD.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a well-tolerated, noninvasive, outpatient therapy that has shown great promise for several neuropsychiatric disorders. TMS was approved for treating patients with depression in 2008, and for obsessive compulsive disorder is 2018. Later research focused on pediatric patients for conditions including bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and progressive myoclonus epilepsy. TMS has been utilized as a diagnostic tool for patients with ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Tourette’s syndrome.
A study using deep transcranial magnetic stimulation determined that deep TMS may be an effective treatment for the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The study had 53 participants who were separated into three groups: dTMS (deep TMS), rTMS (repetitive TMS), and placebo TMS. The participants’ responses to TMS were tracked using the Conner’s Adult ADHD Rating Scale (CAARS). Of the patients who had dTMS, 33% had a 30% or higher drop in their CAARS score.
The study concluded that dTMS therapy could be an effective treatment for ADHD. Obviously, more studies will need to be conducted. But so far, the results are promising. Since ADHD medications can cause so many undesired side effects, TMS may be a great drug-free option for those with ADHD.
ABOUT TMS DIRECTORY | TMS Directory is Connecting TMS Communities by connecting patients with a TMS therapy provider in their geographic region. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a leading-edge technology that gently uses magnetic waves to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. TMS is a non-invasive treatment most commonly used for the treatment of major depression but is often used to treat the symptoms associated with several other neuropsychiatric disorders.
TMS THERAPY | TMS therapy is a useful tool for treatment-resistant depression and other neuropsychiatric conditions in patients who have failed to respond to medication or other treatments, such as psychotherapy.
TMS HELPS | If you are someone who suffers from depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, or another condition, and you are seeking TMS therapy as a treatment option – TMS Directory can connect you with a licensed TMS physician or provider in your area who specializes in treating your condition with the most advanced forms of medicine.
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