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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A Powerful Treatment for Depression

It’s well known that antidepressants can be a treatment for depression, but even with their help, some people suffer from debilitating depression that makes it difficult to live normally. While antidepressant medications are very helpful, they don’t always work and they have many side effects. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment may be the best option if you’re severely depressed or if you aren’t responding well to other treatments.

Read on to learn about how TMS works and why it might be the most effective depression treatment available today.

What is TMS for depression?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a treatment option being used more and more by people suffering from depression.

TMS was approved by the FDA in 2008. It’s a type of neuromodulation therapy which means that it creates changes in brain activity by applying magnetic pulses to targeted regions of your brain via a large electrical coil placed against your scalp. These pulses are usually applied multiple times over short periods of time.

Other forms of neuromodulation include rTMS (which stands for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation), Pulsed Electroencephalography (PEMF), Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES), and Craniosacral Therapy. The main difference between these treatments and TMS is that they use low-level electrical currents instead of electromagnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells.

The biggest advantage of using electromagnetic fields instead of electric currents is that you can target very specific areas with much greater precision without affecting surrounding areas as much. This allows doctors to target very specific symptoms without causing unwanted side effects like muscle contractions or seizures. Many patients find that their symptoms improve dramatically after just one or two sessions.

How Does TMS Work as a Treatment for Depression?

The treatment is a non-invasive and FDA-approved form of therapy that uses powerful magnetic pulses to stimulate specific parts of your brain, thereby helping treat depressive symptoms. The procedure is quick, convenient, and has few side effects. Most patients feel better after only a few treatments. As always though, it’s important to talk to your doctor before beginning any new treatment.

Who is an Effective Candidate for TMS Therapy?

TMS therapy has proven to be a viable treatment option in cases of depression when other methods have failed. However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for TMS therapy. It’s important to note that TMS works best in people who are considered treatment resistant – meaning they have tried at least two antidepressants and either did not see results or were only partially satisfied with their progress.

For patients who haven’t seen positive results from previous therapies, TMS is an effective antidepressant treatment method that may help manage symptoms and provide relief from depressive episodes.

What to Expect During TMS Treatment?

First, a doctor will place a coil against your scalp. That’s what delivers high-powered magnetic pulses to your brain. The procedure is completely painless and typically takes less than 10 minutes. Most people are back at work within an hour.

Once treatment begins, you’ll need five days of training sessions to get acclimated to having those pulses in your head. After that, treatments generally last 30 to 40 minutes and occur once or twice a week.

It may take several weeks before you start feeling better, but most patients see results after just four or five weeks. And there’s no risk of side effects with TMS—it doesn’t have any effect on memory or cognitive function.

Although most people who use TMS do so as an alternative to antidepressants, it can also be used in conjunction with medication or other treatments for depression. It can even be used to treat anxiety disorders like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).

How Often is TMS Used as Part of the Treatment for Depression Process?

TMS may be used as part of a depression treatment plan. It may be used to help kickstart other forms of therapy, such as medication and/or psychotherapy.

In some cases, it is only TMS that is used in treating depression. However, generally speaking, TMS is most effective when it’s combined with other types of treatment.

Combining multiple approaches helps ensure a greater chance of success in overcoming depression symptoms.

Each approach works together to provide additional benefits in helping people to overcome their depression and regain control over their emotions and life.

BrainHealth Solutions: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Specialists in California

At BrainHealth Solutions, we focus on helping you regain control of your mental health through TMS. Our TMS treatment is painless, non-invasive, and can offer depression relief without drugs.

Many people with depression find TMS can improve their condition to such an extent that they no longer require traditional anti-depressant medication.

Contact us today to learn more about our TMS procedures!


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