If you suffer from depression but have not seen results from antidepressants or therapy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS therapy) may be the answer for you. TMS is a treatment method specifically designed for those who have not responded to traditional forms of depression treatment.
During a TMS session, the technician attaches electromagnetics to the front of the head, which transmits pulses to specific areas of the brain. The procedure is non-invasive and is relatively painless. Some patients report headaches after their session.
Before your treatment, the doctor will go over any medication you’re currently taking and any past medical conditions.
Each session will last approximately thirty to forty minutes for five days a week. Most patients receive sessions for four to six weeks. Your doctor will choose a timeframe that works best for you. Your response to treatment will determine the length of your sessions.
Because there is no sedation or anesthesia administered during TMS, there is no recovery time. Patients can drive home after their sessions. Many patients bring headphones or books with them to keep themselves entertained during treatments.
The side effects of TMS are minimal. One common side effect is headaches, which are mild and usually go away during treatments.
Approximately one-third of patients report painful scalp sensations or facial twitching from the pulses. The feelings usually go away with time. Also, talk to your doctor about adjustments to prevent this from occurring.
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