How is TMS Depression Therapy Different?

Are symptoms of depression interfering with your life? If depression symptoms are keeping you from doing the things you love and accomplishing your goals, it may be time to find an approach to treating depression that works best for you. If you have tried depression treatments without getting the results you want, it may be time to consider TMS depression therapy, a great option for people who are living with treatment-resistant depression. But, how is TMS depression therapy different than other types of depression therapies? Knowing how TMS is different from other therapies can help you determine whether or not this type of therapy may be right for you. And, it can give you more information about the questions you can ask about this therapy to get a better feel for what to expect if it is something you want to try.

Determining if You’re Dealing With Depression

The only way to really know if you’re living with depression is to have a mental health specialist provide you with a diagnosis. Before you get a mental health assessment to get a diagnosis, you can see if you may be dealing with depression by identifying any common symptoms of depression that you’re experiencing in your life. While there are different variations of depressive disorders, there are some general, commonly experienced symptoms of depression that you can look out for including:

  • feelings of guilt and shame
  • unsureness and hopelessness about the future
  • feelings of worthlessness, despair, and severe sadness
  • apathy for previously enjoyed activities/interests
  • sleeping issues
  • fluctuations in weight and appetite
  • mood swings

Who Are Good Candidates for TMS Therapy for Depression?

There are certain people who may be a better fit for TMS than others. Specifically, TMS is very helpful in treating people who are living with treatment-resistant depression. These are individuals who have tried other forms of TMS therapy without getting the results they need and want.

How is TMS Therapy Different From Other Forms of Depression Therapies?

One thing that’s different about TMS therapy is how often patients will use the treatment. The effects of TMS are long-lasting. This means that TMS treatments are prescribed for a certain period of time and patients may not have to have ongoing treatments after the initial stage of treatment has concluded. With antidepressants, patients typically are required to take medications on a daily basis. With talk therapies, sessions are required about once or twice a week for long periods of time. However, with TMS, patients are expected to get treatments about 4 or 5 times a week for a period of a few weeks. After this time, patients can experience long-term symptom relief.

Another thing that is different about TMS is the approach. Talk therapy and antidepressant medications are different than TMS as TMS is a new and revolutionary tool. TMS is a tool that utilizes a machine that’s equipped with magnets that send electromagnetic waves into the brain that stimulate areas of the brain that antidepressant medications and talk therapy cannot. This presents a whole new area of results that other treatments can’t provide.

Finding Out if TMS is Right for You and Your Depression

Delray Brain Science offers outpatient TMS therapy sessions for people who are struggling with the impacts of depression, specifically treatment-resistant depression. To find out more about whether or not TMS is right for you, visit our website and schedule your initial consultation with our team of specialists today.