What is TMS Therapy?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS Therapy) is a safe and effective treatment for individuals diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) who have not experienced satisfactory improvement from antidepressant medication. TMS Therapy Depression Treatment uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. During this session, a magnet similar in strength to that used in magnetic resonance imaging(MRI) is used to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. These magnetic pulses have positive effects on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels, making long-term remission possible.
Benefits of TMS Therapy
Patients treated with TMS Therapy do not require anesthesia or sedation and remains awake and alert. It is a 40-minute procedure that is prescribed by psychiatrists and performed in an outpatient setting. Unlike other forms of depression treatment, TMS has no systemic side effects like weight gain, sexual problems, memory loss or sleepiness. TMS therapy is unique because it has none of the side effects of tradition medication. Although TMS is treated for depression it can be effective for different brain disorders including Generalized anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as well as Cognitive impairments.
TMS Therapy for Adults
TMS is an appropriate treatment option for anyone with mild to severe symptoms of depression. Due to the cyclical nature of depressed patients may not need further sessions after the initial treatment period. If complaints do return therapist may suggest additional treatment session to achieve an ongoing anti-depressant effect. Approximately 80% of individuals respond to TMS Therapy and there are almost no reported effects. TMS is unlikely to be recommended for individuals with epilepsy or is pregnant.
TMS Therapy for Child
The use of TMS in pediatric research has some limitations and challenges as they relate to the maturation of the developing brain, both neurophysiologically as well as behaviorally. Motor thresholds are higher in children, especially under the age of 6 years in comparison to adolescents and adults. The result is that muscle activation is typically required to obtain any motor evoked potential (MEP) response in very young children while paradigms employing suprathreshold stimuli are more challenging in younger school-aged children.
Typical course of treatment
Although treatment varies by individual, a typical treatment course consists of:
- Average of 20-30 treatment sessions
- Conducted over a 4-6 week period
- 5 treatments per week
- Each treatment session lasts approximately 30-40 minutes
- Your first treatment session may last an hour
Is TMS Therapy Safe?
TMS Therapy is a safe way to stimulate underactive areas of the brain which is associated with depression. It requires no sedation or surgeries. TMS does not cause any physical harm to the body or brain and has been proven safe and well tolerated. Adolescents and children sometimes feel discomfort, but most have a comfortable experience. Some may feel a slight headache in the first couple of sessions or slight dizziness. As patients continue with treatment session the experience becomes more comfortable and relaxing as patients are encouraged to watch videos or listening to music. Trained and certified psychiatrists are present at all time in Alpha Psychiatry to help ensure that each patients experience is as comfortable and pleasant as possible. We give guidance to patients throughout treatment sessions and there to answer any questions or concerns.
Who needs TMS Therapy Depression Treatment?
TMS Therapy is a non-invasive, FDA cleared treatment for the person diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) who have failed from first prior antidepressant medication at/or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode. However, most insurance companies require that a patient has not achieved satisfactory improvement from at least 4 prior antidepressant medications.