Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is now available at Scenic City Neurotherapy!
Depression is the number one cause of disability in the country in people aged 15 to 44, according to institutions like Harvard. While there are numerous different treatments for depression, many of these treatments do not work for everyone. According to Harvard, around 2/3rds of people with depression do not respond to the first antidepressant they try.
When traditional treatments like antidepressants or psychotherapy do not work, what options are available that can provide relief for your symptoms of depression? For those who do not find adequate relief in other treatments, there is a treatment option known as transcranial magnetic stimulation or (TMS).
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a treatment option that provides noninvasive brain stimulation. TMS is noninvasive – this means it is all outside of the body and does not involve surgery or IV lines. These devices apply magnetic fields to certain areas of the brain commonly associated with depression. With TMS, you do not need to be administered anesthesia and the side effects are rare, but can include a headache during or after your treatment.
TMS Success Rates
Up to 60% of those with depression that have previously been treatment-resistant may find relief with TMS. Of these individuals, around a third go on to experience full remission – this means their symptoms go away entirely.
What To Expect From TMS
Before the first TMS treatment, our staff will identify where on your head to place the magnets for optimal efficiency. This first appointment will likely last about an hour. You will be taken to a treatment room where you can sit in a relaxing chair and put on the ear plugs necessary for the procedure. Next, an electromagnetic coil will be placed onto your head and this will begin the process of TMS.
During treatment, you will hear clicking sounds and feel a tapping sensation on your forehead. This procedure will last about forty minutes. After treatment, you can resume normal daily activities and should not expect any impairment to your ability to work or drive.
What Does TMS Treat?
In the United States, TMS has only been approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder. TMS is most commonly used when other treatment options like therapy, medication, or antidepressants have been ineffective at treating the symptoms. TMS is also used to treat other conditions like anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic pain, and more.
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