Identifying and Considering the Pros and Cons of TMS Therapy

Identifying and Considering the Pros and Cons of TMS Therapy

TMS, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, is a type of therapy that can greatly benefit people who are living with treatment-resistant depression. So, if you are struggling with getting the relief you need with traditional depression treatments alone, you may be wondering if TMS is a good choice for you. Considering the pros and cons of TMS therapy can help provide you with the information you need to make the decision of whether or not TMS is right for you.

Cons of TMS Therapy

There are some things that people may want to know about TMS therapy beforehand to make sure that TMS is something that can fit into their lifestyle. And, to determine whether or not they may be the right candidate for TMS. Some of the things that can be considered “cons” of TMS therapy can include:

Session Treatment Timeline: It takes a commitment to utilizing TMS for depression. Typically, sessions are done consecutively. For example, every day for a week. Then, 5 days a week, 3 the following week, 2 the week after that, then one last session on the last week. Treatment plans may differ from person to person based on needs. But, people who are considering this type of therapy should know that they will most likely need to take time out of their schedule to come to a clinic at least for an hour with each session. And, be prepared to make a time commitment to getting sessions completed.

Insurance Coverage: Depending on a person’s insurance plan, TMS isn’t always covered by insurance. This depends on a person’s insurance plan’s policies and covered treatments. In many cases, insurance policies state that a person must try other treatment options and find them to be unsuccessful before insurance will cover partial or complete costs of TMS sessions. So, it’s best to check with your insurance provider before starting treatment to ensure that your sessions will be covered at least partially. Or, expect to pay out of pocket for these services.

Finding the Best Provider: As TMS grows in popularity, more and more mental health treatment providers are offering this type of therapy. But, without a lot of regulation in this field of practice, there may be many variations in treatment planning. And, specialists who aren’t as experienced in this treatment service as they should be to provide the best results. So, it may be confusing when searching for providers who you can trust to give you TMS sessions that you can trust will provide long-term and lasting results.

Pros of TMS Therapy

While there are a few cons of TMS therapy, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. Especially, if you find a treatment provider that knows what they’re doing, gives you an individualized treatment plan, and can help you best manage your expectations for this type of therapy. Some of the pros of TMS therapy include:

It’s Effective: Studies show that TMS therapy helps to reduce the symptoms of depression in most patients. And, can be even more effective for people who are already using other types of treatments like antidepressant medications in combination with TMS. Furthermore, TMS has an even higher success rate for people who haven’t been experiencing the results they want from traditional treatments, like talk therapy and antidepressant prescription medications, alone. So, if you’re looking for something that really works, TMS may be right for you.

The Results Last: One of the best things about TMS is that patients can experience results after their treatment sessions conclude for up to 2 years. This is unlike any other form of treatment, as all of them require continuous use in able to achieve long-term results. So, people who are wanting to use a form of depression treatment that provides them with results that last may wish to consider TMS as a form of treatment.

It’s Safe: Prescription antidepressants can come with a host of side effects that make them undesirable for people living with depression. But, TMS only has the chance of a few side effects, which most people don’t experience, that are temporary. TMS is completely non-invasive and doesn’t require any recovery period. This means that people can go right back to their daily lives after treatment sessions and not have to worry about debilitating side effects.

Choosing Delray Brain Science for TMS Sessions

If you’re looking for a way to ward off symptoms of treatment-resistant depression, TMS may be the right treatment for you. Delray Brain Science offers TMS sessions that are guided by licensed practitioners who have extensive experience and knowledge of TMS. To find out more about our mental health services and what to expect from TMS sessions, learn more on our website.