About TMS Therapy
How can you tell if you are a strong candidate for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS therapy)? The treatment is well tolerated and only has few side effects, so most people are good candidates. Being able to tolerate something does not mean that it is appropriate, and so the FDA has cleared TMS therapy for specific purposes. If you are interested in this depression treatment, you must first find out if you are a good candidate.
There are three main qualifiers, or conditions, individuals must meet to be ideal patients for TMS.
First, you must have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) or post-partum depression (PPD). The FDA has only cleared the therapy for people diagnosed with MDD or similar types of depression. TMS is not ideal for those who suffer from seasonal affective disorder.
Second, you must have tried traditional methods of treating depression first. Those that have failed to improve from anti-depressant medication and therapy are good candidates for transcranial magnetic stimulation. For some, the pills help and hurt at the same time. The medicine might make the mind feel better, but it can also lead to intolerable side effects to the body. If medication does not work for your depression, TMS therapy could be your answer for a happier tomorrow.
Lastly, there are some age restrictions for getting TMS therapy; patients must be at least eighteen years of age or older. Studies suggest that magnetism to young, underdeveloped brains can have adverse side effects.
If you meet all three above conditions, please give us a call to set up a consultation. We provide TMS depression therapy throughout Columbus, OH. TMS therapy is also known to help patients with postpartum depression.