Anyone who has lived with a depressed person, or know of someone who suffers in silence from the condition, would know that life is not easy. In fact, for a person suffering from depression it is common to not even feel like getting out of bed in the morning or drift into idealizing suicidal thoughts from time to time. While there are a myriad of treatments options available for depression, ranging from a cocktail of drugs and chemicals to Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). But what comes after treatment once a patient is well on his or her way to the road of recovery? Those who have undergone TMS therapy for their depression treatment and anxiety treatment once showing signs of success might not want to stop there, but forge ahead to banish the demons of depression with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a standard TMS therapy after care.
How does TMS work?
This is the big question for those who are new to treatment other than ECT and drugs, "How does TMS work?" TMS therapy happens to be a painless and non-invasive procedure that will rely on something as basic as magnetic fields. The magnetic fields will help to stimulate nerve cells that are located in the brain, with the aim of alleviating any symptoms of depression.
In a TMS session, the patient will have his or her scalp being directed to an electromagnetic coil. This electromagnetic coil will be placed close to the forehead, where an electromagnet delivers a magnetic pulse which will help kick start stimulation in the region of one's brain that handles the mood, and of course, depression. Throughout the treatment process, it is hoped that the magnetic fields might awaken regions of the brain which have seen a decline in activity ever since depression kicked in.
What about CBT therapy?
Where does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) come in then? CBT is another weapon in the arsenal of treatment for depression, and is normally considered as a follow up to a successful TMS therapy course. CBT tends to be a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment which will approach managing the situation in a hands-on and practical manner. The whole idea of CBT is to alter the thinking or behavioral patterns of the patient, and by doing so, it will inadvertently alter the way in which one feels.
CBT has been proven successful in treating far ranging issues within a person’s life, which includes sleeping difficulties or relationship issues, problems concerning drug and alcohol abuse, and also the feeling of anxiety and depression. As attitudes and behaviors change through the right focus of thoughts and beliefs, emotional problems are then resolved properly without leaving any kind of baggage behind.
Since CBT sessions are rather short, taking less than 10 months for most to resolve the majority of emotional challenges and issues, one can see this as a form of closure after going through TMS therapy.
Call us at South Bay TMS Therapy today if you would like to take the next step to exorcising the demons of depression by following up your successful TMS therapy sessions with a bout of CBT therapy. We would be more than happy to walk alongside you in the journey to full recovery, as you make a happy return to a normal life among family and friends.
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