What Research Supports TMS Therapy for PTSD?
A study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry looked at TMS therapy for the treatment of patients with both major depressive disorder and PTSD, as these conditions often occur together. TMS was used to treat the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), and patients received about 36 sessions over the course of several weeks.
The results show that one-third of patients experienced significant improvements in their symptoms. This is a lower response rate than for either condition alone, but this is understandable, given the greater severity of the illness. The researchers said the positive response is due to an increased connectivity between the prefrontal cortex and the amygdala.