While antidepressants are the typical solution for someone with depression, that is not always the best solution. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS is a revolutionary treatment to resolve mental health disorders like depression. TMS Therapy for Depression is a very safe and non-invasive procedure that is highly effective to treat depression. At Therapeutic Solutions in Northern California, we utilize TMS therapy to treat depression and relieve someone from their mental health disorder.
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Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a treatment method that relies on different brain stimulation techniques. The equipment used during these treatment sessions is designed so that the course of treatment can be administered outside of the body while explicitly targeting the patient’s central nervous system, including the brain cells.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation is given by placing powerful magnetic fields to specific areas of the head to stimulate the brain’s spots that are known to be related to thoughts and feelings linked to depression.
When using TMS for the treatment of major depression or to improve the patient’s behavioral health by decreasing the accompanying symptoms does not require the use of anesthesia. Feedback has shown that targeting these areas of the brain during treatment is easily tolerated by patients. In contrast, they have compared the side effects being very mild, and most of the time not even noticeable.
Because of the risk of seizures and a couple of other more severe side effects, TMS therapy is not recommended for individuals who may be considered high-risk. This includes those who struggle from a history of head injuries, have epilepsy, or have otherwise shown any other signs of complex neurological issues.
In an effort to ensure the health and safety of every patient, certain precautions are also taken into effect when trying to determine if TMS therapy is the best and most appropriate treatment option. It is recommended that this decision is made by the patient, along with a qualified treatment team. Behavioral health recovery centers will have a few general requirements before considering taking on new patients. Specifically, for TMS therapy, the individual must:
Specifically, for TMS therapy, the individual must:
Many years of professionally conducted studies and research shows that an estimated one in every two patients will be able to see significant decreases in depressive symptoms following TMS treatment. Another statistic that was found claimed that nearly one in every three patients would experience a complete and total recovery from the major depressive disorder that had likely been the root of so many problems.
The majority of side-effects that have developed because of the TMS therapy treatment process are typically reported being mild to moderate in severity and, in most cases, become less and less relevant, and the treatment sessions continue. It is extremely rare for individuals to receive this form of treatment without seeing noticeable improvements in the short time that follows a couple of the initial therapy sessions.
The healthcare provider has the ability to adjust the grade of stimulation that is being administered so that symptoms can be reduced, or if necessary, will provide the names of some appropriate over-the-counter medications to treat pain that can be taken before the therapy session.
Usually, TMS treatment plans involve a series of sessions to be taken. The length of each session is determined by a couple of contributing factors, including the type of coil used and the number of pulses delivered.
In most cases, each session takes close to 30-40 minutes and requires the patient to receive the treatment five days a week. The duration of this treatment schedule depends on how the patient is responding to the treatment but can typically expect it to last for close to four to six weeks.
A common roadblock encountered in the beginning stages of treatment is running into situations where the patient has, except dental fillings or braces, non-removable metal in their heads. This is an extremely crucial rule to follow because of the possibility that the object can malfunction or move, which can result in a severe injury or death. A couple of these metal implants that would eliminate an individual from being able to receive TMS therapy treatment include:
Certain metal implants that would eliminate the individual from receiving TMS therapy include:
TMS therapy is one of the behavioral health treatment options offered at Therapeutic Solutions to treat major depressive disorder. Our team of experts works closely with TMS psychiatrists when determining if TMS treatment is a safe and appropriate treatment for each case. Reach out to us today to speak with a specialist that can provide more information and answer any questions you may have.