A New Miraculous Approach to Treatment of PTSD
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often misunderstood by friends and family members who haven’t ever experienced it, and can feel extremely isolating. Common symptoms include:
- Uncontrolled rage
- Negative outlook
- Night terrors
- Severe anxiety/panic attacks
- Inability to cope with stress
- Inability to function normally in day to day life
- Avoidance of people, events, or places that remind you of the event(s)
- Self-destructive behavior
- Feeling numb
- Easily startled
- Mental and physical reactions to loud noises
- Thoughts of suicide
- Suicide attempts
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD can be a life-altering mental health problem. It is caused by experiencing or witnessing terrifying events, violence, or from going through extended periods of extreme stress. For most people who go through a traumatic event there is a coping or grieving period that occurs afterward, but the majority usually recover with time.
However, other people will have symptoms that get much worse and can last for extended periods of time. The onset of symptoms can occur right after the stressful time, or can appear many years later, such as in child abuse cases for example. PTSD can be severe enough to complete disrupt someone’s life and make it difficult to function normally. Research shows that every year, an estimated 3.6% of adults are diagnosed with PTSD suggesting that this is a growing problem.
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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.” – US Army Veteran
The Brain Treatment Center Can Help With Your PTSD
Patients who are suffer from conditions such as Depression, PTSD, Concussion, Anxiety, and more, have markers that are visible in their EEG studies. MeRT(sm) is a treatment protocol that has evolved from TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation). TMS is still used by some clinics to treat PTSD, however, TMS is more of a one-size fits all” type of treatment because it’s only able to target a single location in the brain with one frequency. MeRT, through the use of quantitative EEG is able to see EXACTLY what is going on in your brain, and individualize treatment for each patient based on their exact needs. Once your qEEG is completed, you will be able to SEE any dysregulation that is occurring in your own brain.
Because treatment is customized specifically for you, this can lead to significant clinical improvements, and many of our patients are able to feel better, and go off of their medications!
This treatment is a very safe and gentle therapy. MeRT is a cutting edge treatment process that combines TMS, a Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG) and Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) to analyze and formulate treatments that are tailored for each individual’s unique brain pattern.
The MeRT process is much more evolved than standard TMS treatments since it is not a “one size fits all” approach, and is highly individualized as to both frequency and location. This scientific approach is unique to each person.
Of all my injuries by far the worst were the ones you could not see. I had degraded to the point of not being able to leave my home because of panic attacks and severe anxiety. I could not hide from this feeling, and no mediation could numb it. I told my doctor at one point I couldn’t kill myself because I have a family with young children that I am responsible for. I was living in despair and physical pain every day without reprieve, that is until I was able to get treatment. I underwent neural restorative therapy for two months with total symptom resolution. I can function again at work, and can spend much needed time with my family. I have my sense of well-being back and a clarity of thought I haven’t had in many years.” – Army Veteran
PTSD Causes Altered Activity of Neural Circuits
New research is confirming that factors that may contribute to PTSD do cause changes in brain function to include altered activity of certain neural circuits in the brain.
MeRT is customized to each individual’s needs based on the results of the EEG and EKG. The treatment protocol is tailored based on the location, frequency, and amount of power used by the magnet. This technology works by using a magnetic coil to neuromodulate the brain’s electrical activity. A quantitative EEG is performed on each patient in order to determine the exact frequency of the brain. These results are then reviewed and evaluated by our clinicians, Dr. Julie Kim and Dr. Sandy Lee so that the treatment is specific to each patient’s unique condition and optimized for the best possible results.
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If you are interested in learning more about MeRT and how it can help you with your PTSD, you don’t have to decide anything right away.
We understand that you might not have heard about MeRT before, and as a result, may feel uncertain as to whether or not this treatment may be right for you. To take the first step, all you need to do is contact our New Patient Coordinator for an easy phone conversation. She can answer your questions, and you can discuss the symptoms you are experiencing. We will go over protocols and fees, and give you a better understanding of what to expect from treatment.
After speaking with our New Patient Coordinator, if you would like for further explore treatment, we will set you up first for your EEG/EKG, followed by a consultation with Dr. Lee. Both of these appointments take about 45-minutes. Dr. Lee can go over your results with you,and even show you a copy of your EEG which will show you exactly where in YOUR brain dysregulation is occurring.
At the first appointment, our neuro-technician will perform a EEG and an EKG. Both are simple, painless and non-invasive tests to see exactly what is happening in your brain. At the second appointment, a few days later when your test results are in and have been analyzed, you will have a one on one consultation with the doctor. If you are unsure whether MeRT is the treatment for you, Dr. Lee can go over your results and let you know how MeRT can benefit you. There is no hard sales pitch, and no obligations.
Should you decide to move forward with treatment, we will schedule you first for an assessment period of treatment to see how you respond. This assessment is 2-weeks long. During the first week, you will attend treatment Monday – Friday, and the second, will attend Monday – Thursday. On that final Friday, we will repeat the qEEG/EKG and will be able to show you how you are responding. By this time, you will have begun to feel some changes taking place as well.
If you are responding well to treatment, we recommend an additional four to six weeks of treatment to realize the full benefits from MeRT, and for the treatment to be long-lasting.
MeRT Featured on “Broken Brain” Podcast by Dr. Mark Hyman
Dr. Mark Hyman is an esteemed functional medicine physician and best-selling author. He founded the Cleveland Clinic Functional Medicine clinic and oversees the famous podcast called “The Broken Brain.” MeRT was featured on one of the episodes for treatment of PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Concussions. Major Depression Disorder and suicidal tendencies are also discussed.
Dr. Erik Won from the Brain Treatment Center here in California was interviewed and spoke extensively about the MeRT technology and its utilization to treat veterans who have suffered these conditions after coming back from war, along with the many successes in treatment that have been realized.
Insurance Coverage and Payment Options
We can provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment so that you can submit it to your insurance company to see if they would provide you with any reimbursement. Currently, rTMS is FDA cleared for Depression and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.) Some patients have reported that they have been able to receive some reimbursement for EEGs or clinical evaluations, as well as treatment when treating Major Depressive Disorder, depending on their health coverage. Medicare patients have reported that their coverage provides no reimbursement for MeRT.
We take all major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Care Credit is also an option to assist in financing medical expenses. Care Credit is a separate company than The Brain Treatment Center Newport Beach, and is a credit card that can be used to cover medical expenses and services. Usually, when you go to the Care Credit website and apply, they will let you know if you are approved very promptly.
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It’s normal for patients and their families who are affected by brain disorders to feel frustrated and isolated, and many have lost hope that there is any relief in sight. MeRT is a treatment protocol that has helped patients restore their brain function, reclaim their lives, and feel passionate about living again. We understand what you are going through, and our goal is to help guide you through the process so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not MeRT is the right treatment for you or your child.
Many of our clinicians and technicians have gone through MeRT treatment protocols themselves and have realized first hand what the treatment has done for them, and as a result, are passionate about helping others to heal too.
Our New Patient Coordinator is available to answer any questions that you may have about how MeRT can help you specifically. She’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and put your mind at ease. She can also assist in getting you scheduled with the clinic should you decide to move forward with treatment.
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