How Does TMS Therapy Help Patients?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive therapy procedure that includes applying a magnetic field that regulates your brain’s electrical activity. Depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, smoking cessation, and migraines can all benefit from this treatment. It has benefited those who have not responded to medication for depression or psychotherapy. For more information, contact us today or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Boynton Beach FL, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Stuart FL, Royal Palm Beach FL, Vero Beach FL, Plantation FL, Jacksonville FL, and Port St. Lucie FL.
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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a modern and non-invasive treatment for major depression. It uses a special coil to create strong magnetic fields that precisely target a specific area in the brain responsible for mood regulation.
These magnetic fields induce small electrical currents in the brain, activating certain cells. These activated cells release neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, which help restore the chemical balance associated with depression. Although changes in brain excitability can occur after a single session, noticeable relief from symptoms usually takes at least three weeks of consistent treatment. While TMS is primarily used in the treatment of major depression, under certain circumstances it may be considered as part of an off-label treatment for anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.
TMS will typically be used alongside talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as part of a more comprehensive treatment plan for major depression. TMS will typically be considered in instances where frontline medications prove ineffective in the management of their condition.
TMS is a simple outpatient procedure that lasts about 20 minutes per session. During the procedure, a magnetic coil is placed on the head to create a magnetic field, generating an electrical current in the brain. This current activates specific neurons that may not have been active before, causing the release of more neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters help neurons communicate and form pathways in different parts of the brain.
With TMS, neurons in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex are activated, influencing the mood pathway and regulating mood. TMS uses short pulses of magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells, affecting the brain’s electrical activity linked to emotions. The prefrontal cortex, associated with mood disorders, is the main focus of TMS. The procedure is painless, non-invasive, and allows patients to go about their daily activities before and after each treatment.
Depression is a chronic condition, and as a result, ongoing TMS therapy is typically necessary for sustained results. However, patients can typically experience long-term relief. Patients often report positive mood changes within a few TMS sessions, although comprehensive benefits are observed upon completing the recommended 4 to 6-week treatment course. The duration of TMS results varies among individuals and is influenced by unique factors contributing to depression. Individuals adhering to the entire treatment regimen commonly experience symptom improvement lasting six months to a year or more.
Repetitive TMS may be recommended when conventional treatments prove ineffective, requiring daily sessions over 4 to 6 weeks. While symptom relief may take a few weeks, TMS remains a viable option for individuals seeking non-invasive alternatives. The procedure is non-addictive, allowing patients to continue with their daily activities without disruption. TMS stands as a highly impactful intervention for individuals resistant to traditional depression treatments.
The advantages of TMS are underscored by its non-invasive nature, sparing patients from the side effects associated with medications or surgery. The therapy specifically targets the prefrontal cortex, associated with mood disorders, making it a focused and effective intervention. TMS boasts a two-thirds response rate, surpassing the response rate of classical antidepressants. However, it is not without drawbacks.
The financial aspect can be a concern, though most insurance companies cover TMS as a medical necessity for depression treatment. The commitment required for the full treatment course, spanning five sessions per week for four to six weeks, may pose a challenge.
Despite the cost and time considerations, TMS remains a highly effective treatment option for individuals seeking alternative approaches to managing depression, particularly when frontline methods have proved ineffective.
TMS stimulates the activity of nerve cells in the brain, which may aid in the treatment of depression. It may also be beneficial for OCD, anxiety, and PTSD. If you are suffering from depression or any other mental health condition, visit us at Psychiatry of the Palm Beaches. For more information, contact us today or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Boynton Beach FL, Delray Beach FL, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Jupiter FL, Stuart FL, Palm City FL, Royal Palm Beach FL, Wellington FL, Vero Beach FL, Citrus Ridge FL, Plantation FL, Sunrise FL, Jacksonville FL, Riverside FL, Port St. Lucie FL, Beau Rivage West FL, and surrounding areas.
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