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Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects millions of people each year. While there are many treatment options available, some people do not respond well to traditional therapies.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a newer treatment option that is effective for treating depression. TMS uses magnets to stimulate specific areas of the brain. This blog will go over 5 major benefits of TMS for depression.
TMS treatment, according to studies, has been found to help 60% of individuals who have treatment-resistant depression. And for roughly one-third of those, TMS eliminates their symptoms. This means that for a significant number of people, TMS is more effective than traditional therapies.
TMS is a non-invasive treatment, which means it does not involve surgery or implants. This makes TMS a safe and attractive option for people who are hesitant to undergo invasive treatments.
TMS is a fast-acting treatment, which means that people often see results within a few days or weeks. This is in contrast to traditional antidepressant medications, which can take several weeks to months to show results.
TMS is a well-tolerated treatment, which means that it does not cause many of the side effects associated with traditional antidepressant medications. Some people may experience mild headaches or discomfort at the site of stimulation, but these side effects are usually short-lived.
TMS is an affordable treatment option, which makes it a viable choice for people who are unable to afford traditional antidepressant medications.
Why is TMS better than drug therapy?
Drug therapy is the first-line treatment for depression. But, like all drugs, it has side effects. 40% of people who take antidepressants experience side effects. And these side effects can be quite severe, including weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and even suicidal thoughts.
TMS does not have the same side effects as drug therapy. It is a non-invasive treatment that is fast-acting and well-tolerated. And it is more affordable than traditional antidepressant medications. For these reasons, TMS is a good alternative for people who do not respond well to drug therapy.
How Does TMS Work?
TMS therapy uses a magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. This stimulation helps improve the function of these cells and can help improve symptoms of depression. Specifically, TMS targets the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), which is an area of the brain that is underactive in people with depression.
Often, TMS is used in combination with traditional therapies, such as medication and therapy. This helps to ensure that people are getting the most effective treatment possible.
Lastly, TMS therapy is a non-invasive, outpatient treatment that is FDA-approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder. It is a safe and effective treatment option for people who have not responded to traditional antidepressant medications. If you are interested in TMS therapy, get in touch with us for more information.
It's time to get to the root of your mental health condition. TMS therapy may be the answer you've been searching for.