TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION FOR DEPRESSION
It is estimated that over 300 million people around the world struggle with depression. Some cases of depression are short lived, some are easily cured by taking antidepressants, but for some people, their depression can be resistant to conventional treatment methods. Approximately 10-30% of patients with major depression don’t respond to antidepressant medications, even if they’ve tried more than one. They’re left feeling hopeless, due to both their untreated depression and their lack of treatment options. Luckily, at the Delray Center for Brain Science, we’re using the latest techniques in transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy in order to provide effective depression treatment.
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Clinical depression is a real mental health disorder, characterized by persistently feeling depressed, a loss of interest in activities, and the impairment of daily life functions. The symptoms and severity of depression can vary depending on the individual. This disorder is usually categorized by mood fluctuation, with long periods of feeling worthless, alone, sad, or defeated, known as depressive episodes. Common symptoms associated with depression are irregular eating or sleeping habits, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, and poor concentration. Left untreated, depression can be a chronic condition lasting years or even decades.
WHAT IS TMS?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy (TMS therapy) is a noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate cells in the brain. The magnetic stimulation of brain cells helps to improve symptoms of certain illnesses and disorders, particularly depression. During a TMS session, a magnetic coil is placed against the scalp, delivering repetitive magnetic pulses to the part of the brain associated with mood control. It is completely painless, does not require medication or sedation, and patients are only required to sit passively during the procedure.
TMS DEPRESSION TREATMENT
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression treatment is a recommended procedure for people that have tried multiple antidepressants before with no success. TMS for depression involves delivering repetitive magnetic pulses and is usually called repetitive TMS or rTMS for short. The use of magnetic pulses appears to reset the targeted area of the brain that controls our moods. Deep TMS, the form of TMS used at the Delray Center for Brain Science, also stimulates the areas connected the mood portion of the brain, boosting the overall effectiveness of the treatment.
There are relatively few risks involved in TMS therapy. Patients are administered the treatment while they are awake, and are safe to drive themselves home afterward. The most common symptoms people report feeling afterward are headaches and muscle soreness, which are relatively rare and typically only persist through the first few sessions. There is a small risk of seizures, but reports say it’s comparable to the seizure risk when taking antidepressants.
WHERE AND HOW TO GET TMS TREATMENT?
If you have treatment-resistant depression, ask your doctor about alternative depression treatments like TMS. Not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure, but if you are, it has been proven to be highly effective. At the Delray Center for Brain Science, we are committed to using the most cutting edge equipment and techniques involved in brain stimulation treatment options for depression. Contact us today to discuss if transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression is a good treatment option for you.