Everything You Need to Know About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation involves a non-invasive approach that uses a strong magnetic field to induce currents in an individual’s brain. TMS Phoenix Therapy is an effective treatment for depression and other brain disorders. Read on to learn how transcranial magnetic stimulation works, who can be treated with M1 TMS Therapy and how effective the treatment is, particularly as an alternative to antidepressants.

How does TMS work?

It works by creating a magnetic field that passes easily through most tissue but is blocked by the skull. The field is strong enough that it induces electric currents in brain cells, which then produce their own magnetic fields. This causes nerve cells within a small area of the brain called the motor cortex to fire, triggering nerves that lead to muscles in other body parts.

The result is a short contraction of one muscle or a group of muscles. In this case, it is generally used for treating depression by causing contractions of muscles around the eye. This helps relieve some of the symptoms caused by depression, such as lack of appetite, excessive sleepiness, and feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness.

Who is a Candidate for TMS Treatment?

Patients with depression who have not responded favorably to antidepressants are ideal candidates for TMS treatment. Also, people with major depressive disorders who suffer from anxiety or are at risk of suicide can benefit from TMS treatment. Patients with bipolar disorder may also find relief through TMS treatment, but patients with unstable psychiatric conditions should be screened carefully before undergoing this therapy.

How effective is TMS treatment?

TMS has been approved by the FDA for treating major depression in adults who have not responded to other treatments like medication and psychotherapy. The most common side-effect is dizziness, although about 5% of patients will experience headaches or discomfort at the site of stimulation. Patients should avoid driving or doing anything that requires alertness for about four hours after a treatment session.

Treatment usually consists of 20-30 minutes of daily sessions for several weeks, followed by weekly maintenance treatments for several months. A patient’s initial response to TMS treatment can be observed within one week. However, full benefits are typically achieved after three weeks of daily treatment, and maintenance treatments have been shown to provide long-term relief from symptoms of depression.

Signs that you need TMS treatment

How do you know if you need transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?

Here are some telltale signs:

  • Feeling sad most of the time
  • Loss of interest in things you used to care about, such as hobbies or social activities
  • Fatigue and weariness
  • Lack of appetite or losing weight without trying

If you are suffering from a mood disorder and have not been able to find relief through antidepressants or therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation is worth considering. This non-invasive method for treating depression works by sending electromagnetic pulses into the part of the brain that regulates mood. Although this method is relatively new, researchers are optimistic about its potential for treating mental illnesses and diseases. Reach out to 2nd Chance Treatment Center professionals to learn more about TMS treatment.