What is TMS Treatment for Depression?

Depression is a disruptive mental condition that calls for timely medical assistance. TMS can help achieve complete remission where regular treatments fail to achieve the desired outcome.

Depression is a serious medical illness with varying symptoms. It is generally considered a simple mood disorder, but the condition can have a severe impact on daily life, work and relationships. It is usually characterized by intense sadness, irritability, anxiety, anger or loss of interest. The patient is silently struggling to cope with the emotional and physical problems. In chronic cases, they may contemplate or even commit suicide!

There are different types of depression and the root cause can be varied as well. The incidence of clinical depression has achieved mammoth proportions and is affecting young children too.

treatment for depression

The common treatment for depression is antidepressants and psychotherapy. Medications come with their own benefits and risks; at times regular counseling from a therapist can help cope with the negative feelings. Then there is light therapy and even electric shock therapy (ECT). In fact, doctors often prescribe a combination of medical treatments and lifestyle therapies to combat depression. Some people even consider alternative treatments like acupuncture, meditation and herbal supplements.

However, these first-line treatments often fail to provide relief from depression. For such cases, there is a new and effective option called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). This is a clinically proven, non-invasive form of brain stimulation that can successfully alleviate the disruptive symptoms of depression.

What does it entail?

TMS uses a powerful magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the brain that become underactive due to the depression. An electromagnetic coil is placed against the scalp (in the forehead region) to deliver repeated magnetic pulses to the nerve cells. Over a period of time, the pulses will activate specific areas of the brain that are involved in mood control and depression. This has a positive impact on the central nervous system and helps improve day-to-day life.

As TMS is completely non-invasive, it does not require anesthesia and does not have any side effects either. There may be mild discomfort, headache or pain, but there is no adverse effect on alertness, sleep or memory. Therefore, the patient can resume regular activities immediately.

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Moreover, this is a FDA approved treatment that is completely safe and easy to tolerate. Significant improvement can be perceived within 4 to 6 weeks of treatment. More than 50% of patients report a drastic reduction in symptoms while 33% actually achieve complete remission from depression. What’s more, fewer than 5% of patients have ever discontinued TMS therapy due to adverse events while in treatment or after!

Neurostar is an advanced TMS system that ensures precise and accurate treatment for the best results possible. It is offered by specific depression treatment centers across the USA.

In sum, it is very difficult to live with depression. When regular treatments fail, Neurostar TMS therapy can help improve the quality of life and allow the patient to slowly swing back to normal!

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