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TMS Therapy for Postpartum Depression: How it Can Help

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Although for many new mothers, the birth of a child is a joyful experience, unfortunately, this new chapter in life is often extremely difficult and complicated too. While most mothers experience a range of positive and negative emotions following childbirth, some women experience a longer-lasting, and far more debilitating, condition known as postpartum depression. Lets learn more on what TMS for postpartum depression is.

While postpartum depression is a painful and difficult condition, in recent years, the emergence of TMS therapy has provided hope and relief for many new mothers. TMS therapy has been shown to be highly effective for alleviating the symptoms of postpartum depression within 6 weeks. Here’s what you need to know about postpartum depression, TMS therapy, and how TMS therapy can help with postpartum depression.

TMS Therapy for Postpartum Depression: What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression is the onset of depression within 1 year of childbirth, and is estimated to occur after 10-15% of pregnancies. While it’s normal to experience some degree of “baby blues”, or a brief period of depression in the days or weeks following childbirth, if you are experiencing extreme or prolonged sadness, anxiety, or mood fluctuations, you may have postpartum depression.

1. Frequency

While approximately 75% of women experience postpartum baby blues, most studies indicate that between 1 in 7 and 1 in 10 women experience prolonged postpartum depression. However, many researchers believe that the actual numbers of women who experience postpartum depression are much higher.

2. Symptoms

Postpartum depression encompasses a range of related symptoms. However, it affects everyone differently. While some women may experience some or all of these symptoms, for others, the symptoms will look different. Some of the most common symptoms of postpartum depression include sleep disturbances, decreased interest in activities one previously liked, guilt, frequent crying, anxiety, appetite and weight changes, and other symptoms that can interfere with everyday life.

How Does TMS Work?

To treat mental health disorders, TMS uses a magnetic field to instigate electrical activity within the brain. One of the biggest benefits of TMS is that, unlike many other treatments, it is completely non-invasive. It does not require anesthesia, and side effects and risks are relatively minor, especially when compared to the risks associated with antidepressants. This is because the stimulation occurs via a magnetic field that passes into the brain for stimulation.

One of the most revolutionary aspects of TMS is its ability to promote neuroplasticity in the brain, which is the brain’s ability to create new connections and reconfigure itself. By targeting specific areas of the brain, TMS helps the brain form new connections and retrain the way it operates, which can help reduce mental illness symptoms.

How Can TMS Help Treat Postpartum Depression?

Because postpartum depression is a mental health disorder closely related to depression, TMS is an effective way to treat it. Studies have shown promising results for treating patients with postpartum depression with TMS. Many studies show a reduction in postpartum depression symptoms after treatment.

One of the biggest reasons that TMS has proven to be groundbreaking for patients experiencing postpartum depression is because in the past, women with postpartum depression had only a few options for finding relief. These options included either medications (antidepressants) or therapy.

While medication is an effective treatment option for most women, many mothers hesitate to go this route. This is because many are concerned that taking these medications while breastfeeding could negatively affect their baby. TMS is an excellent option for postpartum depression because it gives mothers an non-invasive option but highly effective option that will not impact breastfeeding.

Get the Help You Need Today with Brain Health

If you or someone you know is struggling with postpartum depression, don’t wait to get help. Although postpartum depression can feel extremely lonely, it’s important to understand that you’re not alone; there are many others who have experienced this condition, and many resources and support that can help you find relief. BrainHealth Solutions has years of experience serving the Costa Mesa and Riverside, California areas, and we have the knowledge and experience to help you find the relief you need. Reach out to us today to learn more about our treatment options or to book an appointment.


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