Though antidepressants can treat the symptoms of depression, patients often still feel mildly depressed with medication. TMS Therapy is an effective and safe alternative to drug treatment for depression that gives patients the benefits of antidepressants without the side effects. Because TMS stimulates brain tissues through noninvasive and gentle magnetic pulses to target key areas of the brain, individuals who choose to have TMS treatment often see an improvement in their mood and a better quality of life.
Each session is 30 minutes to an hour with the patient seated in a reclining chair while a technician determines where to place the stimulator to target a specific part of the individual’s brain. Magnetic pulses are then sent into the brain to stimulate the predetermined region. The treatment takes several days over the course of a few weeks with minimal to no side effects. Patients will begin to notice their depression subsiding within a few sessions.
TMS Therapy is an ideal option for people with severe depression who don’t see results from drug treatment alone, or who would like to wean themselves off antidepressants. To learn more about how TMS works, read more from our TMS page. To determine if TMS treatment is a good option for you, contact us via email or phone today.