Our personalised TMS therapy brings transformative anxiety treatment and renewed hope.
Connectomix - Leading TMS therapy in South Africa
Connectomix is a state-of-the-art TMS clinic group founded in 2019 and based in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. It is backed by Netcare, the largest private hospital group in South Africa.
By personalising TMS treatments through sophisticated MRI imaging algorithms, Connectomix has become a hub of excellence for Depression, Anxiety and Neuro-rehabilitation treatments.
Are you suffering from anxiety?
Our specialized treatment approach is tailored to address individual needs, ensuring relief from anxiety.
Our persoanlised TMS therapy treatments are based on your unique needs. Our team of experienced professionals, we strive to provide the most effective anxiety treatment available. Experience a transformative journey towards inner peace and well-being with Connectomix.
Take the first step and schedule a consultation today to discover the power of personalized TMS therapy in reducing anxiety.
What is anxiety disorder?
Anxiety disorder is an intense and excessive fear and worry about daily situations.
While it is normal to have some anxiety about certain situations, repeated intense anxiety can be crippling for some individuals, who may avoid social interactions with friends, family and work environments. Anxiety disorder may lead to panic attacks within minutes.
According to the World Health Organisation in 2019 there were over 300 million people living with a anxiety disorder, including 58 million children and adolescents. [i]
What are the different types of anxiety disorders?
1. Generalised anxiety disorder.
Generalised anxiety disorder is characterised by an excessive worry.
2. Panic disorder.
Panic disorder is characterised by panic attacks.
3. Social anxiety disorder.
Social anxiety characterised by excessive fear and worry in social situations and the need to remove oneself from the social setting
3. Seperation anxiety disorder.
Separation anxiety disorder is characterised by excessive fear or anxiety about separation from those individuals to whom the person has a deep emotional bond.
USING TMS AS A TREATMENT THERAPY FOR ANXIETY
TMS research indicates that it can be used as a treatment therapy for people experiencing anxiety, depression and other depressive disorders.
Connectomix has had success in treating patients who experienced depression.
A device that contains a magnetic coil is placed against the scalp. This device passes alternating current to specific areas of the brain known to control mood control, stimulating nerve cells, in order to improve the symptoms of depression.
Non-invasive, outpatient procedure
TMS is a non-invasive procedure and is done in the comfort of our Connectomix clinics. TMS is used by patients who have not had success from other treatment therapies.
Connectomix healthcare practitioners consider many factors if they are to utilise transcranial magnetic stimulation as a treatment option for anxiety. Each patient’s case is examined and assessed on an individual basis. A treatment plan is developed.
- Refer to your family and personal medical history
- Family history
- Past personal medical and psychological history.
- Current medical and psychological treatments.
- We will consult with your current medical practitioners (including general practitioners, psychologist and psychiatrists)
Can anxiety disorder be treated?
Yes, anxiety disorder can be treated.
Anxiety can be treated successfully using brain stimulation, medication, lifestyle modification and psychotherapy.
1. Brain stimulation
Used for patients with anxiety, brain stimulation, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, is used as a treatment therapy.
As discussed below, a magnetic field is used to stimulate nerve cells in specific areas of the brain known to control mood control, in order to improve the symptoms of depression.
There are 2 broad types of medications used in anxiety disorders;
- Antianxiety drugs: benzodiazepines (otherwise referred to as tranquilizers) are traditionally used as short term anti-anxiety medications
- SSRI antidepressants: Often recommended for long term medications
A psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist will use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as a form of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders. These types of therapies aim to equip patients with the skills to improve symptoms of anxiety, aiming for the patients to slowly return to normal daily activities.
4. Mind-body-food medication
Often referred to as the “alternative therapies” these have shown to assist, with the assistance of medication and therapies, with the reduction in anxiety.
Here changes in diet, increase in exercise, the use of meditation and an increased healthier lifestyle are encouraged.
What are some of the causes of anxiety?
Genetics, chemical imbalances and environmental factors all play a part in anxiety. Some people experience a traumatic event which leads to the onset of anxiety disorder while some families tend to exhibit a higher predisposition to members exhibiting anxiety disorder.
TMS targets the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC). This is the area of the brain responsible for mood regulation.
What are some of the characteristics of anxiety?
People experience anxiety in different ways.
Generally people suffer physical, mental and behavioral symptoms from anxiety disorder.
- Weakness or tiredness
- Sleeping troubles
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Avoiding environments that trigger stress or anxiety
We have listed the above as some examples of symptoms and characteristics of depression / anxiety.
This should not be used or considered as medical advise or conclusion.
If you feel that you are experiencing depression we urge you to consult your medical practitioner.
Anxiety is manageable and treatable.
[i] Mental Disorders | World Health Organisation | https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-disorders#:~:text=Anxiety%20disorders%20are%20characterised%20by,or%20significant%20impairment%20in%20functioning | Accessed December 2022
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