Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD
Trauma, Stress, Tragedy – You Don’t Have To Keep Reliving It
A non-invasive, drug-free treatment for PTSD is now available. It’s called MeRT, which stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy.
PTSD – DEFINED
PTSD and Possible Symptoms
PTSD can occur when a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event, abuse, or extreme or prolonged stress. The condition can last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions. If you have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or you live with someone who suffers from this condition, you know that it can seriously affect one’s quality of life.
These are some possible symptoms one may experience with PTSD:
- Reliving aspects of what happened, including vivid flashbacks, intrusive thoughts or images, nightmares.
- Distress at reminders of the trauma.
- Being easily upset, angered, irritable, or exhibiting aggressive behavior.
- Disturbed sleep or a lack of sleep.
- Depression, anxiety, feelings of anger, fear, guilt, or apathy.
- Panic attacks.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Feeling jumpy or easily startled.
- Emotional numbness or being cut off from your feelings.
- Doing things that could be self-destructive or reckless.
There is Hope
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can be extremely isolating, with serious symptoms that may seem invisible to everyone else. Anxiety and Depression are conditions that often accompany PTSD. Patients who suffer from PTSD have distinct markers that are visible in their EEG testing. MeRT has been shown to improve brain communication, synchronization, and can lead to significant and long-lasting improvements for this condition.
The providers at The Brain Treatment Center in San Diego know what you are going through. MeRT can be used in conjunction with other therapies, and many of our patients have reported that MeRT can also improve the success of accompanying therapies.
You can be at peace and enjoy your life again! Post-traumatic Stress Disorder doesn’t have to continue to haunt you! We encourage you to explore the possibilities of MeRT Treatment. If right for you, it can have a lasting impact with a greatly improved quality of life.
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An Entirely New Approach
MeRT for Treatment of PTSD
Simply stated, magnetic fields are used to stimulate and balance brain function, guided by very sophisticated imaging and diagnostics.
Patients with PTSD have markers that can be clearly seen in EEG studies. In many cases, PTSD will manifest as the result of disruption in the front of the brain. It is commonplace to see two competing alpha frequencies in the frontal lobe and slow rolling waveforms (delta & theta waves) drowning out what should be a single strong alpha frequency.
We work to identify these disruptions and strengthen healthy brainwave activity to reduce the symptoms of PTSD for the patient.
Army Delta Force operator & how MeRT changed his life
“It was absolutely terrifying to not know what was wrong with me or how to fix the problem. BTC not only identified the deteriorated state of my brainwave activity, they restored its function… I consider the healing I experienced at BTC to be nothing short of a miracle.”
– Retired Army Delta Force operator, Scott Spooner
Non-invasive and Drug-Free
What is MeRT?
MeRT, stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. MeRT is a tailored, highly individualized form of TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation because it is qEEG-guided. In simpler terms, we use magnetic waves to stimulate specifically targeted areas of the brain that have been found to not be communicating or functioning optimally.
This is determined through sophisticated diagnostic tools and imaging and is used to plan a tailored treatment approach just for you.
How Do I know…
Is MeRT the Right Treatment?
We understand that MeRT is a relatively new, cutting-edge treatment and you may not be certain if this is right for your situation. But this is not a decision that needs to be made right away or all alone.
Your first step would be a simple phone consultation with our New Patient Coordinator. Here you can discuss symptoms and history, ask all the questions you want, and have her explain the protocols, fees, and details of treatment.
If you are interested in taking the next step in seeing if MeRT treatment is right for you, we can set up an appointment for an EEG (a simple, painless, and non-invasive brain scan).
Your first appointment with us will consist of us performing a qEEG (quantitative EEG)/EKG test which is used to evaluate brain activity and will show us any dysfunction or communications that are occurring. A qEEG is sometimes referred to as a “brain map” and shows exact areas of the brain that are experiencing dysfunction. This tool is valuable as it allows us to customize treatment specifically for YOU. This test is performed by our chief neuro technician and takes approximately 45-minutes to complete, however, if you are seeking treatment for your child with autism, please plan on spending an hour with us. We will also gather your new patient paperwork at this time, and get you scheduled for your initial assessment period of treatment.
The second appointment is a clinical evaluation with Kate Ryan, R.N., and takes approximately 45-minutes. This appointment can be completed via Telemedicine or in-clinic, whichever you prefer. Please note that if you choose a Telemedicine appointment and are seeking treatment for your child, your child will need to be present. During this consultation, Kate will answer any questions you may have and discuss your applicable treatment plan. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to meet with our physician and Medical Director, Julie Kim, M.D.
6-weeks of treatment is recommended for patients undergoing MeRT in order to achieve optimal and long-lasting results. However, prior to committing to the 6-weeks of treatment, we have each patient first go through an assessment period of treatment to see how they will respond. The assessment period is included in the 6-weeks of treatment.
The assessment is 1 to 2 weeks long depending on the age of the patient. For children who are 10 years and younger, the assessment period is 1 week in length. It consists of attending 4 treatment sessions, Monday through Thursday, and is followed by a repeat qEEG to determine progress.
Assessment for anyone 11 years and older is 2-weeks in length and consists of 9 treatment sessions followed by a repeat qEEG. Treatment would be provided the first week, Monday through Friday, and the following week, Monday through Thursday. A typical treatment session lasts about 30-45 minutes.
Additionally, the follow-up qEEG results will be covered with you by your provider.
If clinical changes are occurring as they should, and the qEEG also shows progress, then you would then continue treatment which would occur 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. Generally, you will begin to feel the benefits of treatment within a week or two, but because treatment is cumulative, should continue to note improvements throughout the course of your treatment, and even for some weeks after treatment. Because treatment is consecutive, you must be able to stay in or around the area while undergoing your therapy.
For those who are not ready to commit to an assessment period, or if we need to see the results of the testing to confirm that MeRT can help, we also offer the option of coming in for a qEEG/EKG and then having a consultation with Kate and/or Dr. Kim to go over the results. After your clinical consultation, you will still have the option of going through an assessment period should you choose to do so.
Improvements and results of MeRT are based on strict and active observation of our treatment protocols. Results may vary based on each person and are not guaranteed.
Because each person’s brains and conditions are unique, treatment protocols are customized specifically for each individual which is guided by the qEEG results. Repeat qEEGs and clinical consultations occur every 2-weeks throughout treatment. The effects of treatment generally last a lifetime, though some folks do prefer occasional follow-up treatment as needed.
During your treatment session, you will sit in a comfortable chair while the neuro technician administers this gentle treatment with a hand-held magnet that is held near the scalp. While you may feel a slight sensation during treatment, it is not painful or uncomfortable. Magnetic pulses are delivered for 6-8 seconds during each minute of treatment.
Potential side-effects of treatment are minimal and should begin to dissipate after you begin to progress through treatment.
See the RESEARCH
MeRT Treatment Featured on “The Broken Brain” Podcast
If you suffer from Depression, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), we highly recommend watching this incredible podcast. Dr. Erik Won, from Wave Neuroscience (the parent company behind MeRT technology), speaks about how this technology has evolved and the utilization of MeRT treatment for members of the military who have experienced Depression, TBI, and PTSD as a result of their service to their country. Dr. Won also gives testimony to the incredible successes that these veterans have realized as a result of going through treatment.
With other repercussions that can occur, for both military and veterans, this is incredibly important. For example, suicide is at twice the rate for veterans, with approximately 17 veteran deaths per day. In a high-stress environment, such as serving in the military, the transition afterward can be complicated and there are often underlying reasons for conditions that may occur. MeRT may help to address these issues.
Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and TBI don’t just affect veterans; if you are experiencing any symptoms as a result of any of these conditions, this podcast can be of help to you. Click here to watch this amazing podcast!
Insurance Coverage and Payment Options
Currently, rTMS is FDA cleared for Depression and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.) Treatment for all other conditions is considered “off-label” at this time, though we are hopeful that treatment for TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) will be FDA cleared at some point in the next couple of years. For non-FDA-approved treatment, it is highly unlikely that any insurance will provide reimbursement for our full treatment protocols, but for Depression it is possible.
We are able to provide you with all of the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment so that you can submit it to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Some patients have reported that they have been able to receive some reimbursement for EEGs or clinical evaluations, depending on their health coverage. Medicare patients have reported that their coverage provides no reimbursement for MeRT.
We accept all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
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