Depression affects millions of families and individuals. Modern medications and talk therapy techniques can be effective treatments for many cases of depression, but unfortunately, there are also those who don’t respond to conventional treatments.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an excellent alternative therapy for those that suffer from treatment-resistant depression.
TMS therapy uses electromagnetism to stimulate areas of the brain that control mood and are otherwise linked to depression. Moreover, conditioning these areas, like training muscles in the gym, has proven effective in treating depression where other methods have failed.
If you and your mental health care professional decide that TMS is right for you, there are steps to follow to best prepare for the treatment.
Be completely open and honest during your evaluation- While TMS is noninvasive and done on an outpatient basis, a careful assessment is necessary before therapy can begin. Your doctor may ask for physical and psychological tests to protect your health and safety. Be forthcoming with all medical and mental health history.
Check with your health plan- Ask your insurance provider about coverage for TMS therapy. Treatment involves frequent visits, so you’ll want to be prepared for the costs.
Make your schedule. While each session may only be 20-40 minutes, it’s typical for the entire treatment to consist of six weeks of sessions (five meetings a week) to feel meaningful and lasting results. Placing treatment in your schedule ahead of time will help to ensure this effectiveness.
Prepare yourself physically & mentally- There’s not much for a patient to do before TMS treatment. There’s no fasting and patients are free to drive themselves home after each session. Dress comfortably and remove any jewelry (these are quite powerful magnets, after all). That’s about it.
TMS is a cutting-edge intervention for treatment-resistant depression. With just a little preparation, you can undergo this treatment safely and comfortably. If you need depression therapy in Columbus, OH, you should consider giving us a call. We also offer Grove City TMS therapy.