Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS treatment is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. In today’s society we are seeing more and more individuals being diagnosed with anxiety and depression. While prescription medications can help to alleviate the symptoms of depression momentarily, TMS Therapy offers a more permanent solution. Depression is caused by an imbalance of brain chemicals, though most medical professionals argue this diagnosis is a lot more complex than that. Because of the density of this disease, treating depression does not come in a one-size-fits-all formula. Instead, professionals have to treat patients individually. However, progressive therapies such as TMS may offer a perpetual solution that can work on a number of patients. Book an appointment with us today!
If you are interested in hearing more about this treatment, contact us at Neurosciences Medical Clinic in Miami, Florida.
How It Works
The first step in TMS Therapy is undergoing a couple of sessions with your doctor. The first session requires an electromagnetic coil to be placed near your forehead on your scalp. This coil delivers a magnetic pulse that stimulates nerve cells in the region of your brain involved in mood control and depression. This is a painless procedure that can more accurately pinpoint which areas of your brain are causing your depression. This magnetic pulse fires into those areas of the brain to help regulate the nerves that may be out of balance to help level your moods and lessen your depression.
Why Doctors Suggest TMS Treatment
As we mentioned, treating depression is done on an individual basis. Every diagnosis is as complex as the individual requiring treatment. While depression is a treatable condition, some individuals have a hard time finding the proper medical treatment than others. Instead of the try and fail mantra, doctors suggest this TMS Therapy as a wholesome way to regulate depression symptoms in patients who experience difficulty with treatment. Repeated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment, or rTMS, is suggested when medications and psychotherapy (“talk therapy”) are not viable solutions for the patient.
This repetitive form of brain stimulation is noninvasive and comes with little side effects. It is considered safer than most alternative treatments for depression, as it does not cause seizures or require sedation with anesthesia. However take not of the few side effects before consulting your doctor about this form of treatment.
Common Side Effects:
- Scalp discomfort at the site of stimulation
- Tingling, spasms or twitching of facial muscles
Uncommon Side Effects:
- Mania, particularly in people with bipolar disorder
- Hearing loss if there is inadequate ear protection during treatment
Talk to your doctor before indulging in this treatment if you think that you may have any of the following conditions;:
- You’re pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
- You have any metal or implanted medical devices in your body.
- You’re taking any medications
- You have a history of seizures
- You have other mental health disorders
- You have brain damage from illness or injury
- You have frequent or severe headaches
Contact Neurosciences Medical Clinic in Miami, Florida to discuss TMS treatment for your depression today.