TMS Therapy for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders impact millions, affecting physical health, mental well-being, and daily life. Whether it's an intense fear of gaining weight or unhealthy eating habits, our expert team at Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center understands the challenges and offers TMS therapy for eating disorders.

Signs of an Eating Disorder

Weight Fluctuations: Rapid changes in weight without any medical explanation.

Food Obsession: Constant calorie counting or strict food restrictions.

Body Image Concerns: Excessive focus on weight, size, or shape, with frequent body checking.

Meal Avoidance: Making excuses to skip meals or social events involving food.

Unusual Eating Habits: Secretive eating, hoarding food, or developing rigid meal rituals.

Mood Changes: Mood swings, irritability, or anxiety surrounding food and body image discussions.

Excessive Exercise: Compulsive exercise routines or feeling anxious when unable to exercise.

Physical Symptoms: Fatigue, weakness, dizziness, or noticeable changes in appearance.

Social Withdrawal: Avoiding social gatherings involving food or body exposure.

Denial: Minimizing or denying concerns about eating habits or body image when questioned.

While 9% of Americans face an eating disorder, it’s important to note that recovery is possible. At Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center, we provide compassionate care and personalized treatment plans like TMS therapy to help you reclaim your health and well-being.


Treating Eating Disorders With TMS Therapy

Anorexia nervosa is a common eating disorder involving severe food restriction and distorted body image, leading to dangerous weight loss. Traditional treatments for adult anorexia nervosa can be challenging. 

That's why, at Shore Clinical TMS & Wellness Center, we use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a cutting-edge, non-invasive brain stimulation technique. Unlike major depressive disorder medication treatment, TMS offers relief without side effects.

TMS is different from Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) because it's painless and doesn't cause memory loss. Recent research shows its promise for anorexia nervosa, potentially improving mood and quality of life. TMS for eating disorders presents a promising alternative to medication.

In a 2018 study, 17 out of 34 participants with anorexia nervosa received TMS in their mood-regulating brain area. After a month, they experienced significant improvements in mood and quality of life. While more research is needed, this and similar studies show that TMS offers a beacon of hope for people and families battling anorexia nervosa.


Benefits of TMS Therapy for Eating Disorders


Non-invasive: TMS therapy is non-invasive, avoiding the need for invasive procedures or surgery.

Targeted: TMS therapy targets specific brain regions involved in eating disorders, offering personalized treatment.

Minimal Side Effects: Compared to major depressive disorder medication, TMS therapy has minimal side effects, reducing the risk of adverse reactions.

Promotes Neuroplasticity: TMS therapy encourages the brain's adaptability, fostering long-term recovery.

Mood Regulation: TMS therapy helps regulate mood, offering relief from depressive symptoms linked to eating disorders.

Enhances Cognitive Control: TMS therapy improves cognitive control, aiding in healthier food-related behaviors.

Restores Reward Processing: TMS therapy restores balance to reward-processing circuits, reducing unhealthy reward-seeking behaviors.

Complements Traditional Treatments: TMS therapy works well with existing treatments, addressing both the biological and psychological aspects of eating disorders.

Personalized: TMS therapy is tailored to individual needs, with treatment parameters adjusted based on each person's response.

Promising Outcomes: Research suggests TMS therapy can improve mood, quality of life, and certain symptoms of eating disorders, showing promise as an effective treatment.