TMS treatment - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a novel form of Brain Stimulation used to treat patients whose conditions like Depression has not improved through conventional approaches.
TMS was FDA-approved in 2008 for treatment-resistant depression. TMS has been demonstrated to be safe, effective, and well tolerated. TMS is an outpatient procedure delivered under the supervision of a psychiatrist. It is a non-invasive, non-drug therapy that has none of the systemic side effects commonly associated with antidepressant medications. For example, TMS is not associated with weight gain, sexual problems, or nausea. The most common side effect of TMS is scalp discomfort at the treatment site. TMS is typically described as a tapping sensation. During treatment patients remain awake and alert; no anesthesia or sedation is used. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately after treatment.
In an open-label clinical trial, 1 of every 2 patients experienced significant improvement of their depression symptoms and 1 of every 3 patients were completely free of depression symptoms after 6 weeks of treatment (1). Symptom improvement typically persists well beyond the end of treatment. Treatments are typically five days per week on weekdays and last for about 15 minutes (occasionally longer). A course of TMS treatments is usually between 6-9 weeks, depending on the individual’s condition and response.
TMS works by non-invasively delivering focused MRI-strength magnetic pulses (very different from electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT). A magnetic device will be positioned against your head to stimulate the regions of the brain thought to be involved in mood regulation. The magnetic pulses cause changes in the underlying brain circuitry.
A valuable treatment that is worth it.
More than 4 million patients do not receive adequate benefit from antidepressants (2). TMS can effectively reduce the symptoms of depression, which means a more normal life for you and those who care about you.
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More TMS Information
1) Demitrack, MA; Thase, ME. Clinical Significance of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the Treatment of Depression: Synthesis of Recent Data. Psychophormacology Bulletin 2009; 42(2):5-38.
2) Kessler, RC; et al. The Epidemiology of Major Depressive Disorder- Results from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R}. JAMA, 2003 Jun: Vol. 289, No. 23.