TMS is a treatment for depression which alters brain activity through the use of a magnetic field, which can stimulate activity in under-active parts of the brain.
TMS therapy does not involve drugs, and the primary side-effects experienced by patients are headache from the pressure of the coil on the skull, and scalp discomfort from stimulation of neurons in the scalp (it may feel like itching or tingling).
The magnetic field used in TMS is similar to that used in an MRI, except it is more focused and localized.
Who is TMS therapy for?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy is for those who are struggling with depression, when medication is not an answer.
Complete Trial of Medication:
The primary indication is in those who did not feel better with one 'complete trial' of antidepressant medication. This means the medication was taken for 4-6 weeks at the recommended therapeutic dosage. .
Because TMS is non-systemic, TMS therapy is an ideal alternative for candidates suffering from side-effects. It may just be 'gastrointestinal upset' but we know it means more than that when it comes to your life.
Difficulty taking medication regularly:
Taking your medications irregularly can, particularly with antidepressants, cause memory and other cognitive problems, can increase moodiness, and may even make your depression worse.
TMS is NOT for:
You should consult your physician as to whether there are any risks of TMS therapy for you if you have a pacemaker or any other implants.
If you have a history of seizures, TMS may not be an option for you. The doctor should be notified of this before commencing treatment.
If you have any history of mania, TMS may cause you to enter a manic state. Your physician will monitor you more closely, and may recommend mood stabilizing medications during your treatment.
For more information, see the Neurostar website.
To find out if you qualify, call (609) 921-6050 or email us at Contact@GMInstitutes.com.