The Benefits of Non-Medication Depression Treatment
For years, the leading and almost sole form of treatment for depression and other mental disorders has been medication. Unfortunately, most individuals diagnosed with depression prefer non-pharmacological ways to deal with their symptoms. With advancements in science, we now have an innovative way to treat depression in safer, non-systemic, and more successful way!
The Negatives of Medication Depression Treatment
Because medication must be ingested and pass through the blood-brain barrier in order to work at the site of the problem, there can be an increased amount of side effects associated with them. Here are a few for consideration:
One of the major complaints of any type of medication prescribed for depression or any other mental disorder is the litany of side effects associated with them. Side effects can range from physical ones such as headaches, dry mouth, dizziness and the like, as well as mental side effects such as mood swings and apathy.
It’s not news to anyone that pharmacological companies benefit from drugs that are required to be taken daily for the rest of an individuals’ life. It’s also not a secret that when one calculates co-pays and out of pockets expense over any extended period, this form of treatment adds up!
Durability of Medication Treatment
The effects of medication do not last forever. In many cases medication dosages need to be repetitively increased or new medications need to be on-boarded. This translates to repeated doctor’s appointments and a constant band-aid on an issue that can be mended with real results.
Benefits of Non-Medication Therapy Such as TMS
This is where solutions such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation come into play as a saving grace. As a non-invasive, non-medication FDA approved form of depression treatment, TMS offers a unique and groundbreaking solution for those suffering from clinical depression.
TMS is Non-Invasive, Non-Medication Therapy
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a neuro-modulatory technique that sends magnetic pulses to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. These magnetic pulses illicit an action potential within the neurons and neurotransmitters in the brain acting as a domino effect reaching deep within the brain to the anterior cingulate gyrus and amygdala. In a depressed patient, a spec-scan will clearly show inactivity in these areas of the brain. TMS then comes in as a solution to activate the cells and in doing so, offer relief from depressive symptoms. This option is available for both individuals who have not benefitted from initial antidepressant trials as well as those not interested in taking the medication route to begin with.
Medication with TMS
As medication side effects vary vastly from person to person, not all who suffer from depression will experience side effects from their medication. However, for many of these individuals, the experience of a response from a medication has never quite reached remission. This is an important difference to differentiate when discussing treatments. TMS is a great additive to medication to bring patients from partial stability to full remission.
A Solution that Fits Your Schedule
Sessions last anywhere between 18 and 30 minutes, and the patient can resume their daily activities immediately completing treatment with no lasting side effects carried over. Side effects are typically limited to mild headaches during and after the first few sessions. These headaches typically dissipate quickly during treatment as the brain, a muscle, builds tolerance to the utilization of the previously under activated neurons.
TMS is Covered by Insurance
Best of all, most all major insurance companies cover TMS therapy. No longer will your bank account be overwhelmed with out of pocket expenses associated with various doctor visits and multiple medication attempts. TMS therapy typically lasts anywhere between 4 and 6 weeks, providing a sustained response to depression symptoms.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Solution
If you believe that pharmacological treatment has been selling you short on the relief you want to achieve from depression, non-medication therapy may be the right option for you. If you would like to find out more information about TMS therapy and whether you qualify, contact South Bay TMS today.