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Depression is a common mental disorder that causes feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. It can interfere with daily activities and lead to a decreased quality of life. While medication is often the first line of treatment for depression, some people may not respond to medication or may experience unpleasant side effects. In these cases, TMS therapy may be an effective alternative.
TMS therapy is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment for depression that uses magnetic fields to stimulate the brain. Specifically, it stimulates the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which is known to play a role in mood regulation. TMS therapy is as effective as medication for treating depression, and it may have fewer side effects than medication.
But why are medications so often the first line of treatment for depression? There are a few reasons. First, medications can be prescribed by a primary care physician, while TMS therapy must be administered by a certified TMS provider. Second, medications are typically less expensive than TMS therapy. Third, medication may be covered by insurance while TMS therapy may not. These are just a few of the reasons why medication is often the first line of treatment for depression.
Why TMS is Growing in Popularity
The holistic approach to medicine has been growing in popularity in recent years, and TMS therapy is a perfect example of this trend. TMS is a non-invasive treatment that does not involve medication or surgery, so it is a good option for people who are reluctant to take medication or who want to avoid the side effects of medication.
In addition, TMS therapy is becoming more affordable as the technology improves and more insurance companies start to cover it. As TMS therapy grows in popularity, it is likely that more research will be conducted on its efficacy and safety. This will help to further establish TMS therapy as a treatment option for depression.
If you're looking for an alternative to medication for depression, TMS therapy may be the right choice for you. Get in touch with us today to learn more.