Everything You Need to Know About TMS Therapy
Depression and anxiety disorders are serious mental health conditions. When left unmanaged, they can lead the person to greater feelings of isolation and hopelessness. Traditionally, these conditions are managed with cognitive behavioral therapy and the use of medications. However, not everyone responds positively to these medications.
Antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs can have intolerable side effects for some people. They can cause nausea, increased appetite, weight gain, loss of sexual desire, dry mouth, agitation, and blurred vision.
Fortunately, there’s an alternative – TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy.
What is TMS therapy?
TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy is a type of brain stimulation therapy approved by the FDA. It’s a noninvasive treatment that uses electromagnetic impulses to stimulate certain areas of the brain responsible for mood regulation. Stimulating these areas can lead to stimulation of nerve cells, which may lead to improvement of neurological or mental health disorder symptoms.
What else do you need to know about TMS therapy?
It’s an outpatient procedure.
No hospitalization is required for TMS therapy. It’s an outpatient procedure performed by a TMS technician or TMS physician.
There’s very minimal preparation required for TMS.
During each session, you will be required to remove anything from your body that is sensitive to magnets, such as jewelry. A coil will be placed above the front area of the brain and the treatment is started. You can hear clicking sounds as the magnetic impulses are released. There may also be some knocking sensation beneath the magnetic coil during treatment.
You can resume your regular activities after treatment.
The treatment lasts for about 30 to 60 minutes. There’s no downtime required after the procedure. In fact, you can drive after the therapy and resume your normal activities.
To make the most of its benefits, you have to do it repeatedly.
Those who have the most success with TMS therapy are those who have it on a regular basis. TMS technicians and physicians recommend patients to do this initially for 5 days a week, for about 4 to 6 weeks. The exact length of treatment depends largely on your condition, its severity, and your response to the treatment.
It’s mainly used for depression but may also benefit other conditions.
Aside from depression, TMS also works wonders for other conditions such as anxiety and Parkinson’s disease.
You may have some side effects.
Side effects of TMS therapy may include headache, discomfort at the site of stimulation, tingling or spasms of facial muscles, and lightheadedness. These side effects are generally mild to moderate and may decrease over time with increased sessions.
It’s not for everyone.
Unfortunately, TMS therapy is not for everyone. This is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, have a history of seizures, or have metal implants or devices in their bodies.
Living with depression and anxiety can be challenging, but with treatments like TMS therapy, you may start seeing life with a new hope again. If you’d like to give TMS therapy a try, call us. For appointment requests, you may call (520) 338-2557.