Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Depression Treatment
Depression is something that over 300 million people around the world deal with. Some depression is short lived, some easily cured by taking anti-depressants, but for some people, depression treatment can be resistant to common methods. It’s estimated that 10-30% of patients with major depression don’t respond to traditional antidepressants. They’re left dealing with a feeling of hopelessness. Luckily, at Delray Center for Brain Science, we’re using the latest techniques in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression treatment.
What is depression?
The symptoms and severity of depression can vary depending on the individual. This disorder is usually categorized by mood fluctuation with long periods of feeling worthless, alone, sad, or defeated, known as depressive episodes. Common symptoms associated with depression are irregular eating or sleeping habits, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, and poor concentration.
What is TMS?
TMS is a noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate cells in the brain to improve symptoms of certain illnesses and disorders, particularly depression. During a TMS session, a coil is placed against the scale and delivers a magnetic pulse to the part of the brain that is involved in mood control. It is completely painless and patients don’t even need to be sedated for the procedure.
TMS for Depression
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression treatment is only a recommended procedure for people that have tried multiple anti-depressants before with no success.
TMS for depression involves delivering repetitive magnetic pulses and is usually called repetitive TMS or rTMS. Doctors are still unsure about what actually happens to the brain during TMS. The treatment appears to reset the targeted area that controls moods. By stimulating the frontal brain, the deeper areas that are also involved in mood regulation are also affected.
There are relatively few risks for TMS. Patients are administered the treatment awake and are safe to drive themselves home afterward. The most common symptoms people report feeling afterward is headaches and muscle soreness. There is a small risk of seizures, but reports say it’s comparable to the seizure risk when taking antidepressants.
Where and how to get TMS treatment?
If you have treatment-resistant depression, ask your doctor about alternative depression treatments like TMS. Not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure but if you are it has been proven to be highly effective. Ever since the FDA has approved TMS as a treatment option for depression, and more insurance companies have started to cover it, brain centers have been popping up all over the country.
We are committed to using the most cutting edge equipment and techniques regarding brain stimulation treatment options for depression. Contact us today to discuss if Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression is a good treatment option for you.