It can be devastating when you try traditional medicines to combat depression and nothing seems to work. People can go years trying to get the perfect combination of drugs to help ease their symptoms. It’s been reported that 30% of patients who suffer from depression can’t be treated with traditional methods of oral antidepressants, this is known as treatment-resistant depression. Treatment-resistant depression is heartbreaking and can leave people in a state of serious despair.
Then there is a subset of people who suffer from depression and can’t take oral medicines because the side effects are too hard to live with or the medicines conflict with other existing health issues. Long term, medication-free relief until recently has been elusive and something that so many have been searching for.
Those who suffer from depression know it’s not a way to live, but the good news is, there is now a non-pharmaceutical treatment that has proven to alleviate the symptoms of depression for those severe cases and those who want to employ an alternative path. TMS gives hope to all those suffering from depression who have tried seemingly everything else.
Mind Therapy Clinic is excited to announce that we are now offering TMS treatment for patients with treatment-resistant depression or for patients who want to use a more non-pharmaceutical approach. Recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression, TMS is also known to be useful in treating PTSD, chronic pain, bipolar and anxiety disorders.
TMS is a non-invasive 30-40 minute procedure that uses magnetic fields (similar to those used in an MRI) to stimulate specific nerve cells in the brain that are believed to be to be underactive in people with depression. These cells are directly linked to and control our moods. Initially, patients receive daily treatments for anywhere from 10-30 sessions. You are in a comfortable chair and listen to music, watch tv or read a book during the procedure; you are fully awake during the entire process. The machine emits a loud rat-a-tat of 40 pulses in four seconds, followed by a 20-second break — you will feel a light tapping against your head that is relatively benign. It’s these pulses that spark changes in the circuits connecting the brain structures and stimulating the areas that are underactive in depressed people. Some patients get mild headaches. The worst side effect, a seizure during treatment, is very rare.
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