Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a revolutionary treatment that offers long-term symptom relief. Studies published in recent years have shown a significant reduction of depressive symptoms in patients receiving TMS treatment. In addition to its effectiveness, treatment has few side effects, and none of the negative side effects that accompany antidepressants or shock therapy (ECT).
Benefits of TMS
For treatment-resistant depression—those not helped by antidepressants can benefit
Non-invasive—no anesthesia or electric shocks are used
Little or no pain—painless for many, some report slight headaches or irritation at treatment site during treatment
Performed in-office—the patient is able to drive home
No side effects like those of antidepressants—avoid the weight gain, nausea, dry mouth, decreased sex drive, etc.
TMS treatment for depression
Many people have treatment resistant depression, where antidepressants have helped little if at all. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an excellent alternative. Also, whether or not antidepressants have helped previously, TMS can still be effective. And if you have undergone shock therapy or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) without success, TMS can help—without anesthesia or electrical shocks.
How TMS works
A covered magnetic stimulating coil is strategically placed on the patient’s head. A magnetic field generated from the coil passes through the skull and creates a current that affects the action of neurons in the brain responsible for mood. Unlike antidepressants and other medications, TMS has a long-lasting effect. Some people may need additional treatment months later, while others enjoy long-term relief.