Often, when we think of the memory loss, our thoughts go directly to Alzheimer’s disease. The idea of losing our ability to remember who we are, the names of those we love and the things we have done can be, understandably, perturbing. Severe forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, often receive a fair deal of media coverage and, in some way or another, the disease has also affected many of us. Less severe cognitive hindrances, like mild cognitive impairment (MCI), get less attention. This may be due to the fact that the symptoms do not impede one’s ability to function well on a day-to-day basis, and may be difficult to recognize.
However, mild cognitive impairment does have the ability to become more serious. If you have been experiencing frequent memory loss and thinking difficulties, you may have MCI. The origin of the disorder is not yet understood, though there are options to manage the condition. Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation – often referred to as dTMS – is one of the new MCI treatment options available. This article will be aimed at those in the Los Angeles area who are dealing with this cognitive condition, and how dTMS may help.
According to The University of California, San Francisco Memory and Aging Center, MCI can be thought of as, “deficits in memory that do not significantly impact daily functions.” There are two categories of symptoms for mild cognitive impairment: amnestic and nonamnestic MCI. The first involves symptoms that affect memory and the second impacts thinking abilities.
Amnestic MCI Symptoms
- Loss of memory
- Repetitive speech (reciting the same story, advice, concerns, etc.)
- Losing things on a regular basis, such as misplacing car keys
- Difficulty remembering the names of new people
- Difficulty making plans
- Difficulty performing number-related tasks, such as balancing the checkbook
- Difficulty making reasonable judgement
- Lack of initiative and motivation
- Lack of motivation
- Inability to concentrate
- Trouble following complex instructions, such as difficult recipes
- Trouble following the flow of conversation
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 16 million adults in the United States who are over the age of 65 have mild cognitive impairment. The risk of getting the disorder rises with age, and those with the disease have three times as many hospital stays when compared to the general population, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
DTMS Los Angeles for MCI
Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation is one of the newest, non-invasive procedures utilized in the treatment of a number of mental conditions, both in Los Angeles and worldwide. The procedure is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is an outpatient process, which causes no pain or need for recovery. A series of electromagnetic pulses are delivered to the brain by way of a helmet that contains electric coils. The pulses stimulate centers of the brain believed to play a role in memory, mood, and cognition. The procedure is safe, with the most common complaint being irritation at the spots on which the coils make contact with a patient’s skin.
Due to the fact that deep transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy is a relatively new technology, information is still being gathered to determine exactly how effective it is for MCI treatment. Instead, there has been some research to study the overall impact that dTMS has on memory and cognition. At this time, there have been five studies conducted with the purpose of assessing the effectiveness of dTMS on increasing cognitive functioning. Overall percentages showed that there was a 2.29% increased in concentration abilities, 15.72% increase in visuospatial memory capacity, 6.17% increase in the cognitive ability to plan for future events, and a 15.98% increase in spatial memory, notes The Journal of the European Psychiatric Association.
Mild cognitive impairment has the ability to cause inconveniences to your daily life, affecting how optimally you are able to perform. Though symptoms are generally not serious enough to get in the way of completion of daily tasks, they can cause frustration, uncertainty, and embarrassment. Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation is a procedure that is steadily increasing in popularity due to how beneficial it has proved to be, thus far. Even though there has yet to be many studies pertaining exclusively to MCI treatment, there exists a handful of research that has yielded positive results in terms of how it improves memory and cognition. If you are interested in deep TMS, Los Angeles practitioners may be able to further detail the process and provide you will useful resources.
Westside Neurotherapeutics offers Los Angeles dTMS treatments for MCI. For more information, contact us by phone at 310.946.0008 or email at email@example.com.