TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS)Non-invasive, Non-systemic treatment
MDD is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44 It affects more than 15 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
Solace Counseling TMS Outcomes
Response Rate = 100%
Remission Rate = 83.6%
Most TMS patients can reduce medications and sometimes eliminate them all together under the doctor’s supervision.
An estimated 1 in 10 Americans suffer from major depressive disorder (MDD), and for many, medications and psychotherapy are not working. With every new medication trial, chances of responding decreases. That is where Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) comes in.
TMS uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. The stimulation works to improve symptoms of depression such as anxiety, non-suicidal self-harm, fatigue, lack of motivation, insomnia
TMS involves placing an electromagnetic coil on the head that generates magnetic pulses to create electrical currents in the brain. These electrical currents target the specific area of the brain that controls mood and depression. (This is the same technology as an MRI.)
Treatment requires stimulation 5 days per week for six weeks and 3 weeks of 2 treatments per week called tapering for a total of 36 treatments. Each treatment lasts about 19 minutes and no recovery time is required. You can immediately return to work or your daily routine after a treatment.
TMS is a great option when medications and/or psychotherapy do not control the depression. TMS is noninvasive and non-systemic. TMS is completely different from treatments that require surgery or implanting electrodes under the skin, such as vagus nerve stimulation or deep brain stimulation. Unlike electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation does not result in seizures or require the use of anesthesia and no hospitalization.
The side effects of TMS are minimal and limited to headaches, site discomfort, and noise discomfort during the treatment. Earplugs are provided to decrease the noise; you may take 2 Tylenol or what you normally take over the counter for a headache 30-45 minutes prior to treatment. These side effect normally resolve themselves after about 1 week of treatment.
If you have been suffering from depression and medication treatments and psychotherapy have not been working, then TMS may be right for you. For more information, contact our TMS Treatment Coordinators for your free consultation.