How Long do the Benefits of TMS Therapy Last?

At Delray Brain Science, we understand the negative impacts that mental health conditions can have on your daily life. That’s why we offer innovative treatments like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy, a non-invasive therapy option that gives hope to treat depression and other mental health disorders. One common question we receive from patients considering TMS therapy is: “How long can I expect the benefits to last?” So, what can you expect as far as the lasting effects of TMS therapy, what factors influence the length of symptom relief, and how to maintain TMS benefits over time?

What to Expect With TMS Therapy Sessions

TMS therapy involves the use of magnetic pulses by use of a TMS therapy machine to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. This stimulation can help reduce symptoms of depression, especially in people who haven’t responded well to traditional treatments like medication or psychotherapy (known as treatment-resistant depression). TMS therapy is traditionally administered in a series of sessions over several weeks, with each session lasting about 20-40 minutes.

How Long Do TMS Therapy Benefits Last?

Immediate Benefits

Many patients start to notice a reduction in symptoms after the first few weeks of TMS therapy. This immediate relief can be hopeful, and symptoms often continue to improve throughout the course of treatment. For some, the benefits may become obvious after just a few sessions, while for others, it might take a few weeks of sessions to begin to see a difference.

Long-Term Benefits

Studies have shown that the positive effects of TMS therapy can last for several months to over a year. On average, patients experience significant symptom relief for about six months following the completion of their TMS treatment course. However, the length of time for these benefits can vary based on several factors:

  • People with more severe symptoms may need additional treatment sessions to achieve long-lasting benefits.
  • Completing the full recommended treatment plan of TMS therapy is important for maximizing its effectiveness.
  • Some individuals may benefit from maintenance sessions to maintain lasting effects of TMS therapy.
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, going to therapy, and leaning on your support system can enhance the length of time one may experience TMS benefits.

Maintaining the Benefits of TMS Therapy

To help maintain the benefits of TMS therapy, you can utilize the following strategies:

Follow-Up Treatments: After the first treatment plan of TMS therapy is complete, some patients may need what is called maintenance treatments. These sessions are typically less frequent and can help extend symptom relief. Your healthcare provider at Delray Brain Science will work with you to determine the best follow-up schedule based on your individual needs.

Complementary Therapies: Combining TMS therapy with other forms of treatment can enhance and lengthen the time one may experience benefits. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness practices, and medication can all contribute to a more comprehensive and lasting recovery.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Using a healthy lifestyle can support your mental health and extend the benefits of TMS therapy. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, good sleep, and stress management techniques are all important factors in maintaining mental wellness.

Going to Follow-Up Appointments: Regular follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider allow for ongoing monitoring of your progress and adjustments to your treatment plan as needed. This approach can help address any emerging symptoms early and keep you on the path to mental wellness.

Experience the Benefits of TMS Therapy at Delray Brain Science

The benefits of TMS therapy can be both advantageous and long-lasting, offering hope and relief for those struggling with treatment-resistant depression and other mental health conditions. At Delray Brain Science, we strive to provide personalized care and support throughout your treatment journey. While the timeframe of TMS benefits can vary from person to person, following a comprehensive treatment plan and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help you enjoy lasting improvements in your mental health. If you have any questions or are considering TMS therapy, contact us today to schedule a consultation.