TMS Studies Show Effective for Treatment of Depression
Who would have thought that a magnetic field could be the answer for treating the particularly wily mental health condition, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)? When one antidepressant after the other has failed to alleviate the life-disrupting symptoms of long-term depression, one alternative therapy is showing great promise for successful outcome: Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS).
The frustration and despair that accompanies those battling prolonged depression only adds to the suffering they experience each day they live with MDD. Not only do the medications not help them, but highly unpleasant side effects only add to their misery. The side effects from the various selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) include weight gain, sleep disturbance, irritability, sexual problems, nausea, and headache, to name a few.
Clinical Trials Show dTMS Treats MDD
Imagine the hope and joy felt when people with MDD learn of a new tool for eliminating their suffering. A long list of TMS Studies and clinical trials over the past decade has shown that dTMS is highly effective in treating the stubborn symptoms of MDD. One study after another has demonstrated that dTMS is a safe and effective tool for treating depression.
Study results published in the February 2015 issue of World Psychiatry reported on a double-blind randomized controlled multicenter study that evaluated the safety and efficacy of dTMS for patients with MDD who had not responded to traditional medication. Participants were studied at 20 different medical centers in the U.S., Israel, Germany, and Canada. The therapeutic effects for dTMS were statistically significant, showing that this randomized and placebo-controlled trial demonstrates dTMS to be safe and effective in the treatment of MDD. According to the report, a clinically significant improvement in symptoms was shown in patients with even the highest levels of treatment resistance.
Deep TMS is slightly different from standard TMS in that the technology uses an H-coil, which is embedded in a helmet that is placed on the patient’s head. The configuration of the coil enables the electro-magnetic field to reach deeper into the brain, up to 6cm. Deep TMS sessions are half as long as the traditional TMS sessions, 20 minutes versus 40 minutes in length. A typical regimen for treating MDD is 5 sessions per week for 4-6 weeks for optimum results.
Is dTMS Safe?
In over 60 clinical trials where it was studied, dTMS proved to be a safe, effective therapeutic treatment option for patients with medication-resistant MDD. Few, if any, side effects have been reported. Of the ones that have been reported, such as headache or irritation at the scalp where the pulses are delivered, the side effects subsided as treatment progressed.
A significant safety factor is that dTMS requires no sedation. Patients are fully alert during the sessions, and then able to drive themselves home. Following the treatment session, patients are able to return to their normal daily activities with little or no negative effects.
Achieve TMS is the Premier Provider of dTMS Therapy
Prominent in the field of treating MDD with dTMS is Achieve TMS is America’s largest (dTMS) Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation provider for depression treatment. Utilizing the state-of-the-art dTMS technology, Achieve TMS combines a compassionate, personal approach with top-notch expertise.
Our clinical staff and trained technicians ensure that each patient receives the highest level of care at every dTMS session. Our staff works in collaboration with a patient’s physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other therapists to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. Call us today for more information TMS studies and about this exciting new therapy for MDD at (877) 447-6503.