Remission Rates for Depression
South Bay TMS currently boasts an 82% remission rate in treating patients with otherwise treatment resistant depression. These patients have showed improvements in each are of depressive symptomology measure objective throughout the course of their treatment.
The statistics are impressive, but the influence of treatment on patients’ lives is infinite.
Durability (How Long Will It Last?)
As Depression is considered a Chronic Illness, unfortunately there is not a “Cure” at this time. Thus, any patient getting TMS treatment should not expect the remission they achieve at South Bay TMS to last forever. However, our data suggests that only 15% of patients in remission after completion of treatment will have a depressive relapse within the first year. Thus, TMS is a very durable treatment in comparison to alternatives. If a patient is to relapse, the need for the full course of treatment is not necessary. A patient can generally come in for booster sessions (5-10) to once again, achieve remission.
Length of remission depends on various factors after the completion including: severity of illness, lifestyle, continued therapy, exercise, diet, and continued use of a well-tolerated therapeutic dose of a medication.
We have treated patients in 2009 that are still in remission to this day! Thus, we expect that TMS will have lasting effects on any of our new patients’ lives!
Since TMS is non-systemic, it does not carry the same side effects that one may experience in taking medication. We directly treat the area of the brain known to be associated with depression opposed to medication that must be ingested into the blood stream prior to reaching these areas. TMS is also non-invasive, meaning it does not require general anesthesia and will not lead to cognitive impairment like in other treatments such as ECT.
TMS is a VERY tolerated treatment. The most common side effect would be a headache after the first few treatments. The headache is a result of the stimulation of neurons that haven’t been utilized in patients suffering with depression. Its like getting sore after exercising for the first time in a year.
Can TMS Treat Disorders Other Than Depression?
TMS is also being used to treat Autism, as well as other conditions such as anxiety, cognitive decline, and chronic pain.