Anxiety and depression can affect our brain waves
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older, or about 18% of the population. Symptoms may range from mild to severe and include restlessness, irritability, muscle tension, headaches, insomnia, and nausea. Panic attacks, which are sudden episodes of intense fear and terror, are also common symptoms of anxiety disorders. When we’re anxious, our brains go into a type of fight or flight response, but when the cause of anxiety disappears, the brainwaves return to their normal state.
However, for someone with an anxiety disorder, their brain remains in a state of hypervigilance- or “high alert,” which can affect overall brain function over time. Chronic anxiety changes brainwave activity, leading to under-functioning neuron activity and fewer neurotransmitters. Over time, this can severely debilitate your mental health. PrTMS helps with this by regulating neurons so you don’t experience long-term stress responses that will only worsen over time.
Depression is characterized by persistent sadness and loss of interest in favorite activities. Symptoms may also include fatigue, changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, irritability, and thoughts of death or suicide. Depression is a serious mental illness affecting more than 16 million adults in the United States annually. Depression can have long-term physical consequences. People who suffer from depression are at increased risk for developing chronic physical illnesses such as heart disease. It can also make managing existing health conditions difficult, and this can have devastating consequences.
Untreated depression can also increase the likelihood of self-medication with alcohol and drug use. You may be able to improve your depression symptoms and overall mental health with PrTMS, even if you haven’t had success with other treatments.