Breakthrough Anxiety Treatment Offers New Hope and An End to Suffering
Anxiety is a fact of life — particularly in modern-day, post-pandemic America. And anxiety can differ in degree. You may feel anxious about a work situation or when faced with an important life decision. Those are acute instances and may resolve once the problem resolves. But then there’s the anxiety that doesn’t go away. The kind that you’ve tried to treat many times, but still comes back. That type of chronic anxiety can make life unbearable.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 31% of Americans will have an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. For this reason, there are many treatment options for anxiety disorder, from therapy to medications to various stress-management techniques. But what if you’ve tried all those things, yet still deal with constant anxiety? Is there any hope?
Yes. At Summit Healthcare, we offer a different approach to treating anxiety. It’s called MeRT or Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy. In essence, MeRT is non-invasive, drug-free, and lasting. And it’s been used successfully to treat anxiety, particularly when medications haven’t helped or have caused complex side effects.
MeRT Treatment for Anxiety in the San Francisco Bay Area
MeRT uses a magnetic field to stimulate and balance brain function, guided by sophisticated imaging and diagnostics. This breakthrough treatment combines:
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS, an FDA cleared therapy),
- Quantitative Electroencephalogram (qEEG), and
- Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
to analyze and formulate treatments tailored to each patient’s unique brain pattern.
TMS uses magnetic fields that pass through the scalp from an electromagnetic coil. However, TMS is more of a one-size-fits-all approach because it only targets a single location in the brain with a single frequency.
MeRT, however, is a greatly improved process. When you suffer from anxiety, we can see specific markers in your qEEG reports. These markers show an imbalance in brainwave activity.
We then target your TMS treatment based on the qEEG results, customizing the frequency, location, and power for your unique situation. This, then, strengthens healthy brainwave activity to reduce anxiety symptoms.
MeRT is a highly personalized protocol for each patient, with the purpose of encouraging improved brain communication. This can lead to significant clinical improvements.*
* Results are based on active and strict observation of our regimens. Results may vary based on the individual user and are not guaranteed.
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What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” Although symptoms can come and go in many instances, that’s not the case with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). On the contrary, people with GAD experience intense anxiety, worry, or nervousness about everyday life. And these thoughts don’t go away. As a result, this can create significant problems with daily social interactions, school, and work.
GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population, in any given year.
Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
While there are many different types of anxiety disorders, as a group can cause symptoms like:
- Restlessness and a feeling of being wound-up or on-edge
- Uncontrollable feelings of worry
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Sleep difficulties, such as problems staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep
- Rapid heartbeat
Some people may experience panic attacks, which cause symptoms that mimic a heart attack, including chest pain and shortness of breath. As such, anxiety disorders are nothing to take lightly. If you think you might have an anxiety disorder, MeRT can provide new hope—and a new outlook on life.
Starting as a New Patient for Anxiety Treatment
Starting as a new patient at Summit Brain Health initially involves two appointments, both of which are about 45 minutes to an hour in length. Your first appointment is when your testing takes place, and the second appointment is when you have your consultation with Dr. Geraci.
At the first appointment, we will collect your new patient paperwork, and our neurotechnician will complete your qEEG and EKG testing. During this test, we place a cap on your head to measure the electrical activity in your brain and map out any areas not performing as they should. We also place a lead on your chest to capture the EKG data.
This testing is simple and painless, and we perform it right here in our office, then send the data to our scientists and clinical teams. They, along with Dr. Geraci, carefully analyze the test results to identify any dysregulation occurring in the brain. Based on their analysis, we develop a treatment plan customized to your specific condition and schedule your assessment period of treatment.
Consultation and Assessment
Your second appointment, after your qEEG/EKG, is a consultation with Dr. Geraci. He will be able to answer any questions that you may have and let you know more about what to expect during your assessment period of treatment. He will also go over your medical history, along with symptoms.
The assessment period of treatment lasts for two weeks and begins on a Monday. Treatment for the first week occurs Monday through Friday, and for the second week occurs Monday through Thursday. Then, on Friday of the second week, we perform another qEEG/EKG to measure progress.
During the assessment period, we closely monitor any clinical changes you may be realizing, and the qEEG/EKG confirms what changes are occurring in the brain. The treatment sessions generally last 30 to 45 minutes each day.
If you are a patient who will be traveling from out of town, we aim to schedule your qEEG/EKG on a Friday, then schedule your consultation and first treatment session for the following Monday.
For patients who prefer to have their first and second appointments before deciding to move forward with treatment, we are happy to work with you on this.
After we complete the appropriate assessment period and you’re noting improvements in brain function, we will schedule additional MeRT treatment in two-week intervals. At the end of every two weeks, we will perform another qEEG/EKG to monitor your progress. You will then have a consultation with Dr. Geraci to confirm that changes are still showing on the testing.
Most conditions treated with MeRT provide noticeable and long-lasting results after four to eight weeks of treatment. However, each patient is different, and results may vary.
We do not accept insurance at our clinic, nor do we file it on your behalf. We are happy to provide you with the appropriate paperwork at the end of your treatment period so that you can submit it to your insurance company to see if they will provide any reimbursement. Please note, however, that neither Medicare nor Medicaid offer any reimbursement coverage for MeRT treatment.
Currently, the equipment used with the MeRT process has been FDA-cleared for the treatment of Depression and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). Treatment for all other conditions is currently considered “off label.” Texas A&M University is now completing final testing and studies for FDA clearance for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion. However, clearance is likely an additional two years away.
For non-FDA cleared treatment, it is unlikely that your insurance company will provide you with any reimbursement for MeRT.
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Life can be frustrating and isolating for those affected by brain disorders. Many have lost hope for any relief. However, there IS hope: MeRT has helped many patients restore their brain function, reclaim their lives, and feel passionate about living again.
We understand what you may be experiencing, and our goal is to help guide you through the healing process. To that end we will provide you with quality care in a warm and compassionate environment.
Many of the clinicians and technicians employed by various clinics that offer MeRT have gone through treatment protocols themselves and have realized first-hand what the treatment has done for them. As a result, they are passionate about helping you to heal.
Our New Patient Coordinator is available to answer questions about how MeRT can help you or your child. She’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, explain costs, and put your mind at ease. She can also assist you in getting scheduled should you decide to move forward with treatment.
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