Depression is a monster that has plagued humanity since the beginning of time. Some might just call it “feeling the blues”, while other more serious forms of depression could lead someone to actually commit suicide, feeling as though they are trapped in this life and have no more will or reason to carry on. Medical science has also progressed over the centuries to be able to offer different methods of depression treatment, as opposed to simply asking someone to “get yourself up and out of this sorry feeling”. Medication and even Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) are commonly used “tools” to treat depression, now even newer methods which carry lesser degree of risk than ECT and without the baggage of battling chemical dependency that many depressed patients who have been prescribed medication exhibit are becoming available. This is where Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS therapy, comes in.
How does TMS work?
This is a common question that many people would ask, especially when they have not heard about TMS therapy before. The TMS process is a non-invasive procedure which relies on magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells that are located in the brain. During the short 18 minute process, the stimulated nerve cells alleviate symptoms of depression. Most of the time, TMS is used after exhausting all other regular depression treatment avenues. Since it is relatively new when it comes to depression and anxiety treatment, there is the hope that it will be effective for a particularly depressed patient when medication and ECT treatment have failed to show any improvement or results.
In a TMS session, the patient will have an electromagnetic coil placed against his or her scalp, located very close to the forehead. This electromagnet coil will send out a magnetic pulse to stimulate the nerve cells located in the prefrontal cortex region of the patient’s brain. This segment of the brain is known to control one’s mood and depression, and throughout the TMS session can even activate other regions of the brain which have seen a decrease in activity levels due to depression. There is no risk of pain associated with the TMS process.
How effective is TMS treatment?
In the same manner that repeated exercise is able to strengthen a weak muscle, the administration of TMS treatment across a period of 4 to 6 weeks is effective in alleviating the symptoms of depression. Minor changes to the brain circuits will help retrain the way a patient thinks, acts, and feels, resulting in a better-oiled machine at the end of the treatment process.
Contact us today for short term TMS treatment
South Bay TMS Therapy offers short term TMS treatment for everyone and anyone, patients are not required to commit to a long term plan. As long as the TMS sessions are able to show a level of improvement in the patient, he or she is free to choose whether they wish to pursue a longer-term treatment or otherwise. South Bay TMS Therapy is confident that a TMS treatment session as short as just one month is more than capable of offering full recovery to mildly depressed patients where medication has failed to previously.