TMS and Depression
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS), is an approved treatment for depression that relies on magnetic pulses to excite parts of the brain that are associated with depression, among other mood disorders. It is a non-invasive and non-pharmacological method. It is therefore the best method someone can use when they have tried other antidepressant strategies and they have all failed. There are other types of antidepressant treatments and care that do not go well with many people. TMS therapy thus works best for them.
Depression is commonly defined as the common cold of mental health. Thee is a majority of people out those who are under depression, and are thus affected by it in all areas of their lives. There exists several antidepressant medications in the market. However, not everyone responds favorably to those kinds of medication. The beauty of TMS is that it targets and affects the part of the brain affected by the depression. This makes the response of depression patients much faster and better. The side effects of the treatment, if any, will be kept to a minimum as well. There shall be no cases of weight gain, memory loss, low libido, insomnia, or dry mouth, as commonly seen from other forms of treatment.
In TMS therapy, magnets are used to induce a rhythmic, repetitive magnetic pulse to the brain, targeting the prefrontal cortex area in particular. These pulses have the ability to get the nerve cells in the area working again, which then makes the mood-regulating neurons to work properly, where they were not before. The state of depression is usually reached when they are not working at all.
TMS therapy has been proven to be ideal for most of those who have chronic depression, apart from those who are not helped much antidepressants. The result of continued TMS therapy is improved moods, more energy and a more positive view of life. TMS has been seen to be the better option when compared to electroconvulsive therapy. As much as ECT is non-invasive, it can lead to memory loss.
TMS therapy session do not last for long, which is ideal. This will make going for more session in a week easier on the patient. Most of the major regulatory authorities have approved it as a treatment method for those how have not had any significant change from other forms of treatment. If you have an implant near the head region, you will unfortunately not qualify for this therapy.
There are certain side effects that come with TMS therapy. The therapy itself does not need any sedation, muscle relaxants, or anesthesia. You will get TMs therapy in specialized centers and clinics.