While in theory the concept of antidepressants makes sense—to rebalance the levels of the neurotransmitters, or brain chemicals—in reality they don’t really work for many people who suffer from persistent depression. It is still a mystery as to why this class of drugs may work on some individuals but not others. So far, doctors still rely on trial and error methods to hopefully target the right medication for their patient. In the process, patients may end up trialing several of the drugs with no successful result, becoming increasingly depressed with each failure.
These treatment-resistant individuals, who represent up to half of all patients who seek treatment for depression, go on to seek out natural, holistic, or alternative depression treatments. With dietary changes, adding regular exercise to the daily routine, homeopathic supplements, and practicing meditation, there can be a positive impact on the stubborn depression symptoms. But if you have tried all that and still not achieved symptom relief, there is a clinical depression treatment without drugs that is highly effective: transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS.
TMS Therapy: Clinical Depression Treatment Without Drugs
For someone who has struggled to overcome depression for an extended period of time, with no luck with the antidepressants, the idea that there is something out there that can help them is worth investigating. Too often, depression causes multiple negative consequences in one’s life, including relationship issues, losing a job, or becoming a virtual shut in. In fact, according to a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine, there is a direct relationship between the severity of depression symptoms and loss of productivity at work. Finding help for depression symptoms is a top priority for people who struggle on the job due to the mental health disorder.
Enter TMS therapy, a brain modulation technique that can help reset brain chemistry and improve many of the depression symptoms. TMS was FDA cleared in 2008 for treating major depressive disorder that did not respond to traditional antidepressant therapy. It has been proven to be both safe and effective in a multitude of clinical studies worldwide, and is being tested for treating several other mental health and physical health conditions.
How Does TMS Work?
TMS therapy works by applying strong magnetic pulses directly through the scalp and targeting the mood center of the brain. The patient is seated comfortably for the 40-minute sessions, totally alert. TMS does not require any general anesthesia or recovery time. The repetitive magnetic pulses create a tapping sensation on the scalp beneath the coil through which the TMS is delivered. It is not painful, and most patients pass the time watching television or some other passive activity.
The magnetic pulses then induce electrical currents that “jump start” the underactive brain cells in the left prefrontal cortex, the sluggish brain neurons being a common trait among depressed patients. After a period of 4-6 weeks of receiving the TMS treatments, brain chemistry normalizes and the patient enjoys more energy, clearer thinking, better sleep quality, and improved mood.
Anew Era TMS Provides Clinical Depression Treatment Without Drugs
Anew Era TMS is specialty depression treatment center located in Orange County, California near Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine and surrounding cities. As experts in TMS therapy, Anew Era TMS offers clinical depression treatment without drugs, something that is appealing to many. Too often clients have suffered through the side effects of antidepressants in hopes of curing their depression, only to be disappointed over and over again. At Anew Era TMS, our highly trained, compassionate team of doctors and technicians provide TMS therapy and talk therapy to assist our clients in rediscovering joy in life. For more information, please contact Anew Era TMS today at (888) 503-1549.