Complex PTSD Treated with TMS – New Case Study

A new case study from Smart TMS shares a patient’s experience of recovery from complex PTSD after having transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment at the company’s Manchester clinic. 

His case study shows that TMS treatment has real potential to help sufferers of difficult mental health conditions.

The patient has requested that his real name be removed, so we’ll call him Gary.

ptsdGary’s first experience of PTSD was 24 years ago at the age of 17 when sexual abuse led him to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

To cope with these difficulties, he turned to smoking marijuana in his late teens, then progressed to ecstasy, amphetamines, cocaine and alcohol which he regularly abused at the weekend, to the point where he could black out.  He eventually managed to stop drugs and alcohol, but difficulties with mental health remained. His sense of peace and normality were easily disrupted and he experienced intermittent episodes of paranoia.

In one particular episode, the stress of buying a house led to severe stress and a resurgence of PTSD, which in turn caused difficulties at work. He was forgetful and relationships suffered.

TMS Treatment for PTSD

Gary’s partner contacted Smart TMS for help. Medical Director Dr Leigh Neal, Consultant in Psychiatry & Neuromodulation, thought that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment might help.

The results were astounding:

  • Gary started to feel the positive effects after 3 days
  • He says he felt a smile returning to his face in place of the sadness he’d experienced for so long
  • The feeling continued to improve and he now feels much better
  • He has returned to personal interests in music and spending time outdoors
  • He says his brain feels alive!

Dr Leigh Neal congratulated Gary on his results, saying:

“It is difficult to treat complex PTSD, such as Gary experienced, with conventional psychological interventions and medication, so many patients will remain chronically disabled by this condition for the majority of their lives.

“rTMS is now well-established as an effective treatment for depression and there is also now increasing evidence that it can help patients with PTSD.  Even so, I was astonished to see the remarkable recovery in Gary’s symptoms over the course of 30 sessions. He is now in full remission and we plan to keep him well with maintenance treatment once a month.”

With regard to the potential for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with TMS therapy, Dr Neal adds:

“This will require further research to properly establish its effectiveness in complex PTSD, but following my experience treating Gary, I would now have no hesitation in recommending rTMS to any patient with complex PTSD who has exhausted all the conventional recommended forms of psychiatric and psychological treatment.”


Smart TMS was established in 2015, dedicated to providing TMS treatment in London at their South Kensington/Brompton Cross centre. The company opened a second clinic in Birmingham in September 2017 and also has a base in Northampton.  The first Irish clinic was opened in Dublin in October 2017 and in 2018, Smart TMS opened further locations in Manchester, Bristol and Havant (South Coast).


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