PTSD is a mental health problem that’s triggered by terrifying events that are either experienced or witnessed. The majority of people that experience traumatic events may have some difficulty coping afterwards, but with time and self-care, they usually recover.
For others, symptoms will continue to get worse and can last months or possibly years. Symptoms may not surface immediately after the trauma and can actually occur many years later, such as a child abuse case. Research indicates that during the past year, an estimated 3.6% of adults experienced PTSD. Of those adults, 5.2% were females and 1.8% were males.
Symptoms and Causes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Symptoms of PTSD can significantly alter quality of life, the ability to cope with everyday stressors, and relationships. Some examples of symptoms can include:
- Depression, negative outlook.
- Anxiety and panic attacks.
- Flashbacks to the event.
- Inability to sleep or repeated nightmares about the traumatic event.
- Avoiding people, places, or events that remind you of the trauma.
- Difficulty concentrating/memory problems.
- Feelings of numbness.
- Changes in temperament to include anger and rage.
- Engaging in self-destructive behavior.
- Hyper-alertness to sounds.
- Easily startled.
- Physical and emotional reactions to loud noises, etc.
- Thoughts of suicide.
Many things can contribute to PTSD other than the trauma itself. If you have experienced multiple traumas in your life, or you have a personal or familial history of mental illness such as depression/anxiety, then you may be at higher risk. Other risk factors include:
- Exposure to intense or lasting trauma.
- A career in the military or as a first responder.
- A history of substance abuse.
- Not having a good support system of family and/or friends.
Some of the most common events that can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder include combat exposure, sexual or physical assault, childhood abuse, an accident, or any other trauma such as a fire or a plane crash that is threatening to your life.
MeRTSM Treatment for PTSD in Dallas, Texas
Here at the Brain Treatment Center – Dallas, Dr. Miller and his staff offer MeRTSM for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While this treatment protocol has not yet been approved by the FDA for PTSD, approval is anticipated by early 2020. The neuromodulation equipment used in the MeRTSM process has been cleared by the FDA in the treatment of depression that has been resistant to medications and it may also be used off label for other disorders in the practice of medicine. These include PTSD and other brain disorders.
TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) modulates the brain’s electrical activity by using magnetic fields which pass through the scalp from an electromagnetic coil, however, it is important to note that TMS is a generalized approach to neuromodulation because it is only able to target a single location in the brain with a single frequency.
MeRTSM is a unique and improved version of TMS as it is a much more individualized approach to brain modulation. It is tailored to the patient’s needs based on frequency, location, and power used.
We perform a quantitative EEG before modulation treatment starts in order to determine exactly the frequency of your brain.
MeRTSM stands for Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. MeRTSM. It is a cutting edge treatment protocol which combines technologies of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS, an FDA cleared therapy), Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), and Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) to analyze and formulate treatments that are tailored for each individual’s unique brain pattern.
Most TMS treatments are used to deliver stimulation to one area of the brain at a fixed frequency for all patients, however MeRTSM is more evolved. Our MeRTSM is highly individualized as to frequency and location based on an initial thorough testing and evaluation. This customized, scientific approach is unique to each patient.
The patient’s initial testings are analyzed very carefully as to the brain’s pattern of function and activity. Through this detailed analysis we are able to determine the correct neural synchronization. This information is then used to devise a highly personalized protocol for each patient, with the purpose of encouraging improved brain communication. Patients have reported experiencing significant clinical improvement after going through this treatment.
Treatment protocols for PTSD are usually 4-weeks. Appointments are 30-45 minutes in length, 5 times per week, Monday through Friday. Generally patients have reported noticeable improvements beginning in the first week.*
How it Works
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When many patients come to see us, they have lost hope as they don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. It’s rewarding as a practitioner to be able to help so many people realize a much better “normal” and a greatly improved quality of life.
If you have questions or would like to discuss our Treatment Protocols, we offer a Free Consultation by phone. Our New Patient Coordinator will take the time to listen and explain. She is able to answer most questions and discuss our protocols, scheduling, fees and other information. She is happy to assist you in any way she can.
Please call us to get more information about how our clinic and Dr. Miller may be able to help you with your health goals and to schedule an an initial screening to see if MeRT may be an option.
Brain Treatment Center Dallas, as with all of our clinics, is an out of network provider and not covered by insurance. If you have a PPO type of plan with out of network benefits, it is possible that you could get reimbursed for some of your costs of treatment or have it go toward your deductible. It really depends on the type of plan you have. We can provide you with the paperwork that contains the diagnostic and CPT codes that you can submit for possible reimbursement with your insurance company.
Starting as a New Patient
When you start as a new patient at the Brain Treatment Center Dallas, you will initially need two appointments, approximately two days apart. Both appointments will be about an hour in length. These appointments will be used to determine if Dr. Miller feels you can truly benefit from the MeRTSM [Magnetic e-Resonance Treatment] Program and, if so, to develop a tailored treatment plan based on your test results. Once you have done the testing and Consultation, you are not obliged to begin treatment. This is something that you will determine once you have seen your test results and consulted with Dr. Miller.
At the first appointment, we will go over your reasons for seeking help, your medical history, your health goals, and all of your symptoms. You will then begin initial testing, which will involve an EEG and an EKG. These are both completely painless and easy and are done right in our office. Your information and test results are then sent over to our scientific and clinical teams, who will carefully analyze the results and determine current state and functioning of the brain together with Dr. Miller.
We use a patented, scientific approach with the neurophysiological data gathered through testing to then develop a highly customized treatment plan that is aimed at encouraging healthy brain communication and function.
At your second appointment, you will meet with Dr. Miller for a Consultation. He will discuss your test results and whether or not he and our scientific team feel that results may be achieved for you through our treatment protocol. This appointment will also serve to answer any additional questions you may have. After that second appointment, Dr. Miller will lay out your individualized treatment plan and the protocols to be followed for best results. At that point you may discuss fees, length of treatment and schedules, and then decide whether to go forward and schedule your treatment.
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*The Results shown are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on individual user and are not guaranteed.