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Are TMS Treatment Right For You?

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Have you ever been diagnosed with depression? If so, you have likely talked to your doctor about treatment methods and most likely been prescribed some type of medication. For years, medication and therapy have been the most common treatment for depression. However, a new FDA-approved treatment may be exactly what you have been looking for to treat your depression in an extremely effective way.

TMS or Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a way of almost revamping the electrical impulses in your brain to function more effectively. Since it is relatively new, you probably have questions. In an effort to ease your mind in regards to getting TMS treatment, here are some commonly asked questions and their answers. 

How Does TMS Work?

TMS uses electromagnetic coils that are placed near your scalp to create a magnetic field that reaches into your brain. Specifically, this magnetic field is aimed to affect the part of your brain that controls mood. This magnetic field causes electrical impulses in your brain to fire more efficiently and can be an effective treatment for depression. 

Who Is A Good Candidate?

Good candidates for TMS include those who have tried several medications to treat their depression, though none have worked thus far. People who have any metal in their body will likely not be able to get this treatment, since there are magnetic fields involved. 

Is It Safe?

There are actually a few side effects to TMS. You may experience a headache or spasms of your facial muscles. This is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can drive yourself, get your treatment in 30-40 minutes, and then drive home. Most people have no physical side effects. 

How Often Will I Be Treated?

Most treatments of TMS are administered 5-6 days a week for 4-6 weeks. If you do not feel an immediate change in your mood, you may just need to give it some time in order to work. Once the electrical impulses in your brain are firing more effectively, you may find that your depression symptoms decrease over time. 

In conclusion, TMS treatments may greatly improve your depression symptoms. Talk to your doctor about if you are eligible to receive treatments, and where you may be able to receive them. Depression is an extremely challenging disease, though transcranial magnetic stimulation may be able to relieve your symptoms enough so that you can resume your daily life. Contact a medical health professional in your area to learn more about TMS therapy.