TMS as a Treatment for Depression
Depression is a mental health disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, around 280 million people of all ages suffer from depression. In the United States alone, an estimated 14.8 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2019. Several treatment options are available to help combat depression, one of which is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is a relatively new and non-invasive treatment for depression that is effective in reducing depressive symptoms and improving quality of life. Read on to learn more about TMS and its benefits.
People with depression experience feelings of persistent sadness and hopelessness, low energy levels, and difficulty concentrating. Depression can be mild, moderate, or severe and can last for weeks, months, or even years.
It is a severe illness that you should not take lightly. This mental condition can lead to severe issues like suicide if left untreated. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of ill health worldwide.
How Does TMS Treat Depression?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive and drug-free treatment method used to treat various neurological and psychiatric disorders, including depression. Professionals place a magnetic coil on the scalp, which generates magnetic pulses that stimulate the neurons in the brain. Research suggests that the magnetic pulses delivered by TMS can help increase the activity of underactive brain areas involved in mood regulation and depression. This increased activity is believed to improve the symptoms of depression and other associated conditions.
Studies show that TMS is effective in reducing symptoms of depression in up to 70% of patients who have not responded to medication or other treatments. Additionally, TMS has minimal side effects compared to other treatments.
Cost and Risks
The cost of TMS treatment will depend on various factors, including the severity of the condition and the number of treatments required. TMS is generally considered to be a safe treatment option. However, some patients may experience headaches, scalp discomfort, and lightheadedness after the session. It’s recommended you discuss any potential side effects with your therapist before starting the treatment.
Overall, TMS can be an effective treatment option for people with depression and can provide long-term relief from symptoms. It can help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. The therapy is usually administered over several weeks.
Take the first step in your journey to a brighter future with Pristine Mental Health. Our experienced team of professionals will work with you to develop an individualized plan for your TMS therapy to help you fight depression and start feeling better. Contact us today to learn more about how TMS therapy can help you reclaim your mental health.