Types of Depression
How TMS Treats Depression
It is important that an individual diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression seek out an alternative therapeutic treatment method. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) offers a safe, noninvasive therapy that uses magnetic fields to induce changes in the electrical responses along the brain’s neuropathways.
TMS effectively treats the symptoms of depression by targeting brain cells in the prefrontal cortex, which is associated with mood and executive functioning. By delivering repetitive magnetic pulses directly to this “mood center,” TMS stimulates the underactive cells, a feature common in depression patients, and eventually rebalances brain chemistry.
TMS therapy is administered while the patient is completely alert, eliminating the risks of anesthesia, with no downtime required. Over the course of treatments spanning 4-6 weeks, TMS therapy can safely and effectively improve a patient’s general sense of wellbeing and mood, as well as increase energy levels and improve concentration and sleep quality. TMS therapy is well-tolerated, with few side effects. Those that do occur, such as scalp irritation or mild to moderate headache, will gradually subside as the treatment sessions proceed.