TMS for Depression Treatment

Living with depression is challenging for anyone diagnosed with this mental health issue. But, it’s even more challenging for individuals who may not get the help they need with traditional treatments at a depression center like psychiatric medications. Fortunately, there are alternative methods of treatment that can help people living with depression that’s resistant to other methods of treatment, including TMS. But, what is TMS for depression and what can one expect from this type of treatment?

An Effective Way to Address Mental Health Issues Including Depression

While TMS is helpful for the treatment of many issues, it is especially effective for use in the treatment realm of depression. In fact, according to the American Psychiatric Association, TMS is successful in helping to reduce symptoms of treatment-resistant depression. And, not only can offer immediate help for people living with depression, but also long-term relief of severe symptoms brought about by Major Depressive Disorder in those who don’t respond well to traditionally psychiatric treatments, like prescription medications.

Additionally, in 2008, the FDA approved TMS for the treatment of depression. This means that people can expect to use this therapy without worrying about severe side effects or their health and safety being compromised. So, TMS is known to be effective all over the world as a safe and helpful way to address the symptoms of depression, especially for people who don’t get the help they need or want from traditional treatments like antidepressants or other forms of therapy.

Some Things to Know About TMS

So, how does TMS help people with depression, and what are the risks of using this type of treatment? Some helpful information for people considering TMS for depression may include that it:

  • is a non-invasive and pain-free treatment
  • uses electromagnetic pulses, much like an EEG or MRI, to map and monitor brain activity
  • works by stimulating brain cells that may be damaged or not functioning properly
  • doesn’t involve the requirement of any medications, sedatives, or anesthetics
  • is a safe method of treatment that offers patients a method of relief with very little or even no side effects

Some things you can expect from TMS sessions include:

  • TMS sessions are guided by a mental health specialist in a medical setting
  • sessions take around thirty minutes each to complete
  • brain waves are monitored by the use of magnetic coils which are placed on the head
  • sitting in a chair during the sessions
  • having magnetic pulses sent to the brain in order to help the function of cells which may be responsible for the development of depression symptoms

TMS at Our Depression Center – Delray Brain Science

TMS is a great option for people dealing with treatment-resistant depression. This means that depression isn’t well-controlled by traditional means of depression treatment, including therapy and psychiatric medications. So, if you haven’t gotten the results you need or want from other forms of depression treatments, TMS may be a good option for you to consider.