How Effective is TMS Therapy?
Depression remains to be the leading cause of disability in the United States. Typically, the first line of treatments for this condition is antidepressants and psychotherapy. However, these treatments don’t work for everyone.
So, what do people do when the first line of treatments doesn’t work?
In the past decades, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) became the gold standard for these people. It still is considered one of the effective treatments for depression and it’s still being used regularly across the country. For many, however, ECT can be too much.
ECT can be too hard to tolerate for many because of its side effects on cognition and memory.
Fortunately, there is another option for people who didn’t find success with antidepressants and psychotherapy – TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation.
What is TMS and does it really work?
TMS is a form of non-invasive therapy that stimulates the brain.
The device used in TMS works completely outside the body. It works on the affected brain areas by sending powerful magnetic fields.
How effective it is
About 50 to 60 percent of people who have tried TMS experience significant relief of symptoms from depression.
In fact, about a third experiences full remission, meaning their symptoms go away completely. However, just like with other treatments, the results from TMS are only temporary. On a positive note, many patients feel better for many months even if they stop doing TMS (some opt to come back for more rounds of TMS).
Aside from depression, TMS can also help ease the symptoms of anxiety disorders such as PTSD and OCD.
If you’re tired of living with depression and haven’t found any relief from the first line of treatments, give TMS a try.
At NeurOasis, we take pride in improving the lives of our clients through TMS therapy. For appointment requests, you may call us at (520) 338-2557.