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A new treatment for PTSD

 

This trial of a new treatment for PTSD – transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), involves applying magnetic pulses to the head. Most people describe it as a fast, tapping sensation. Given repeatedly over time, TMS appears to work by changing the activity level of cells in the brain and improving the way they communicate with each other.

 

The aim of TMS treatment in PTSD is to improve the way different parts of the brain that are affected by PTSD communicate with each other, thereby reducing the symptoms of PTSD, and leading to improvements in memory and thinking.

Why is the trial important?

 

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common and serious mental health problem that can have a profound impact on a person’s functioning and quality of life. Although we have effective treatments for PTSD, there are still many veterans who do not benefit from these approaches. New and innovative treatments are required.

 

What are the benefits?

We hope that the active TMS may help with symptoms of PTSD, as well as difficulties with memory and attention. As TMS is a new treatment for PTSD, all participants would be helping us better understand PTSD and how we can assist those people experiencing it.

 

Who is conducting the trial?

The study is being conducted by Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, and the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc).