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Learn About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
TMS is an FDA-cleared treatment process for depression, and it is covered by many insurance companies as a way to treat Major Depressive Disorder. TMS is especially effective for patients who have medication-resistant depression.
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?
Have you experienced any of these frustrating side effects from your depression medication? TMS can help!
- Blurred Vision
- Didn’t Work to Decrease Depression
- Dry Mouth
- Foggy Brain
- GI Distress
- Brain Zaps
- Restless Leg
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Pills Stopped Working
- Weight Gain
A landmark study on the effectiveness of antidepressants (STAR*D Study) showed that the likelihood of achieving remission from depression from antidepressants declined with each successive medication trial. Less than 30% of individuals achieved remission with their first medication. By the fourth medication, only 7% were able to obtain remission from their depression.
The study also found that side effects and discontinuation of the medication increased with each medication tried. While almost 9% of those studied stopped their first medication due to negative side effects, over 41% stopped the fourth medication they tried as a result of negative side effects.
By gently stimulating the areas of the brain that are underactive with depression, TMS increases the brain activity that is necessary to fight depression. Our brains rely on very important chemicals called neurotransmitters to generate many of the functions that are essential to not be depressed or anxious. Neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine, carry messages across different parts of the brain.
Neurotransmitters are associated with many things, including attention and mood regulation. Dopamine and serotonin are two neurotransmitters that are specifically associated with depression. Dopamine makes you feel alert, focused, motivated, and happy. Serotonin helps you sleep well, it helps your memory work well, it helps your sex life, and it helps you feel calm, relaxed, and happy.
No matter what you might try to do to fight your depression and anxiety, your brain has to have healthy levels of these neurotransmitters and they have to be circulating through your brain. Healthy neurotransmitter functioning is essential!
A depressed brain may have unhealthy levels of neurotransmitters, and less neural activity—meaning that the neurotransmitters aren’t moving around and carrying their messages. This is associated with the symptoms of depression, such as sadness, despair, hopelessness, and lack of motivation. TMS uses gentle magnetic pulses to stimulate neurotransmitter activity.
Getting the neurotransmitters moving helps alleviate symptoms of depression by allowing serotonin and dopamine to do their job of helping us be healthier and feel happier! Furthermore, depression makes it uniquely difficult to engage in behaviors that can help with healthy neurotransmitter functioning, such as sufficient sleep, moderate exercise, and healthy nutrition.
TMS’s ability to get neurotransmitters going, thus alleviating depressive symptoms, can also help patients develop and continue in healthy habits that can further enable healthy neurological functioning.
The Major Benefits of Treating Depression
As a non-medication treatment, TMS has almost no side effects! The most common side effect is mild discomfort at the treatment site. In contrast, antidepressants, the most common depression treatment, have many potentially serious side effects, including suicidal thoughts and worse depressive symptoms. TMS also does not need to be done continuously. Treatments last for about 7 weeks, and results continue and even improve over time with no additional treatment.
TMS is over 60% effective—over 90% at TMS Success!
TMS has almost no side effects!
TMS is non-invasive and doesn’t require a pill!
TMS is FDA-cleared to treat depression
TMS continues to fight your depression long after treatment (results continue to get better throughout the year following treatment)
TMS is covered by most major insurance providers
TMS Therapy Works for Anxiety, OCD, ADHD and more.
We’ve seen TMS treatment work for all sorts of situations; from treating depression, to anxiety, OCD, ADHD and more. If you’re interested in seeing how we can treat any mental health issues you have, reach out to us today.
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