Transcranial magnetic stimulations (TMS) is featured in this month’s Oprah “O” Magazine titled, “A Twinge of Relief”. The article notes the 2008 FDA approval of TMS for mildly treatment-resistant depression and outlines standard treatment information by Dr. Stephen Taylor, MD [..]
TMS & Other Treatment Options
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Anxiety Disorder, Postpartum Depression, (PPD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Bipolar Disorder and other mood disorders are often treated with prescription medications; however, there is no single depression treatment that works for everyone. Antidepressant medications are often ineffective and can have debilitating side effects, including: weight gain; insomnia; fatigue; sexual dysfunction; nausea; and indigestion. Consequently, patients often discontinue their drug therapy and are left with few alternatives.
Fortunately, the FDA’s clearance of the NeuroStarTM TMS Therapy System in October, 2008, provided a groundbreaking new treatment alternative for physicians and their depression patients. TMS treatment is an excellent alternative for patients looking for a natural or holistic treatment option. Within two years, TMS had become so accepted by the medical community as an effective treatment for depression that the American Psychiatric Association began recommending TMS as a second-line treatment for depression.
TMS is a non-invasive, safe and effective treatment option for people suffering from drug resistant depression. It has also been used safely and effectively used for several other conditions, including: Anxiety Disorder; Perinatal and Postpartum Depression (PPD), Eating Disorders; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); pain management (including Fibromyalgia); Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (“OCD”); Tinnitus; Bipolar Disorder; and other mood disorders.
TMS treatment is an outpatient procedure and requires no anesthesia or sedation. A typical treatment course consists of at least thirty treatments, usually five treatments a week for six weeks, although the treatment schedule can vary based on patient response. The procedure typically lasts about 40 minutes during which time the patients are awake, alert and comfortable. Often patients watch a favorite TV program or converse with a family member or friend during the treatment. Our TMS Specialists are present throughout the treatment and interact with the patient while continuously monitoring the treatment to ensure the patient’s comfort and the maximum efficacy of the treatment.
TMS uses rapid magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain known to control mood. The magnetic pulses make a clicking sound and feel like a mild tapping on the scalp. Typical TMS side effects are transient; the most common being mild irritation and discomfort of the scalp and headaches.
We see TMS as a tool—a very effective one—to be used by or in conjunction with patients’ existing medical doctors or mental health professionals to facilitate and enhance recovery from depression and other mood disorders and when medications alone do not work.
The following is a summary of our therapeutic treatment options. Please note, however, that while TMS therapy is offered at all of our Centers, other treatment offerings do vary from center to center. We recommend you visit the specific TheraMind Center location website to verify the specific treatment options available at your location of choice.